Phishing Scam Alert
Dear members and friends:
It has come to our attention that a phishing scam has been targeting ABAI members and asking for money. The scammers pose as a member of the ABAI Executive Council. The form of the scam seems to take the format of a request to wire money via Moneygram or Western Union to help cover the expenses of a professor having issues with immigration officials. At least some of these emails and phone numbers seem to be from legitimate accounts that have been hacked. Please find an example below:
Subject: RE: ABAI
Thank you very much Michelle,did you already contact
Prof.Satoru?Kindly lend Him 975 usd or 3,800 aed to pay for their
visa,travel tax and terminal fee.The immigration refuse to accept
their check,and I will call you Friday morning to discuss how I able
to reimburse you.And I will take all
the responsibility regarding this matter.And again,I am very sorry for this
inconvenience and thank you very much in advance.need to go back to my
bed,since we have a flight to catch later this morning.God Bless.
They told me that you may send the money thru Moneygram or Western Union to this information.
First Name : SYLAVIE
Last Name : SEGUNDO
Address : 0606 Airport Road,Angeles City, PHILIPPINES
Copy of this message was also sent to our ABAI CEO/Sec-Treas Maria Malott.
Prof. Michael Dougher
Please know that members of the Executive Council will NEVER directly reach to our contacts to request money to reimburse speakers or other important guests at our events and that ABAI will NEVER ask that money be wired from members. All donations and transactions will be conducted in person, over our secure phone line, or our secure online store and will be for the purposes of registering for an event, purchasing a specific product or service, or donating to a specified SABA Fund. ANY PERSON REQUESTING MONEY IN ANOTHER FORM OR FOR ANOTHER REASON IS NOT A MEMBER OF OUR TEAM AND DOES NOT REPRESENT OUR ASSOCIATION. This includes solicitations that come from seemingly official ABAI accounts.
If you have a been contacted by a scam such as this, please contact the ABAI office immediately. Our team is working hard to address this situation and fix any issues it may have caused.