Beware Scam Conferences
There is a targeted "phishing" scam that has been plaguing scientific researchers for years, and is now also hitting the complementary practitioner community as well. Take note and stay smart. The usual email runs includes a salutation with your formal title, with a formal invitation to some very important and interesting sounding conference name to be held at some lovely summer date in a very attractive location. The writer adds they’d be honoured if you’d share your in-depth knowledge about the subject. The lofty aim, which is designed to entice you, includes the furtherance of wisdom, or the exploration of the subject of your interest. It might, for example, include a goal of providing “an international forum for the dissemination of original research results, new ideas and practical development experiences which concentrate on both education and practices.” There’s often a real website associated with the event.
In closing, you’re asked for your invaluable guidance and support as a founding member or organizing committee member, with enticing membership in a special access group, a plenary speaking role, and a co-chair for a session in which you have a particular interest. The cherry on the top is the final disclaimer of “not spam, but sent because of your eminence in the field.” If you do reply so as to opt-out, they’ll have confirmation of a real email address, and other spam will surely follow. It’s a new way to cook up targeted spam, and it all sounds very delicious. The goal of offering you this “honor” is to entice you to lend your name to the event, so you might provide free advertising and so that they may use you as leverage so that others will follow. We suggest the website The Elfenworks Center for Nonprofit Information Security Collaboration at https://ecnisc.org for more ways to stay safe.