find scams

Conference Invitation

How the scam works:

The Conference Invitation scam comes as an invitation for businesspeople, lecturers, philanthropists, or CEOs to attend seminars during major events such as Mental Health Awareness Week, Women Deliver, and Human Trafficking & Social Justice Conference.

Now think of a well-known annual gathering in your industry and replace any of the ones mentioned above with it.

Criminals find their victims' profiles on the Internet and craft an invitation, tailored to the victim's name and activity. How does the scam work?

Watch the video below to see the Conference Invitation scam exposed:

Conference Invitation Scam Video

The recipient of the letter (you) is invited to be a speaker at an event or a conference held in a different city or country, for which the plane tickets, meals and local transportation are provided.

The only thing that the guest has to take care of is the hotel, which has to be pre-booked as the organizers want to make sure they have the guarantee that guest will show up for sure. They will pay for the hotel once the guest checks out.

With plane tickets and meals provided, several guests are okay with booking their hotel rooms. This is where the scam comes in – as the hotel suggested by the organizers, supposedly close to the conference center, is listed on a fake travel website.


The guest then opens the fake hotel weblink that scammers create using beautiful stock photos and provide their credit card numbers. They pay for the hotel but they will never receive the plane tickets for the mythical conference.

Below is an actual scam e-mail (grammar mistakes included) recently received by Scam Detector, from the e-mail address

"You are invited to an international global combined conference against Child abuse/Racism and human trafficking. It is the 13th annual Human Traficking and Justice Conference. The conference is been organized by the human rights and social welfare organization, the (H.R.W.O) also known as human rights world organization in collaboration with the United Nations UN & the American electric power AEP.

These events will take place from 22nd- 23th of September 2018 at the (University of Toledo Student Union, Toledo Ohio United States of America) and the second phase will take place from 23rd - 27th of November 2018 in the (Dubai Banquet Hall. Dubai, United Arab Emirates.).", says the message.


Then it continues with this:

"If you are interested in participating and you want to represent your country to be in UNITED STATES OF AMERICA & UNITED ARAB EMIRATES for this events, Kindly write us an email to our organizing committee email below for details and information as our conference organizing committee and donor sponsor's will take full responsibility of all registered participants VISA arrangements for the United states  and that includes your round trip AIR TICKETS to both events.

Write us directly to our Organizing Committee Contact Email in the bracket :{  } 

Do inform them that you were invited by Michael Thomas,The secretary of this Organization { H.R.W.O}.

Tell them that you will need visa to the USA so that they can be responsible for your visa and air ticket arrangements."


How to avoid the Conference Invitation scam

If you receive an invitation to a conference that you have not previously heard about, check with other people working in the same field. Either no one will have heard of it, which proves it is a scam, or they will all have received the same invitation, which also proves it is a scam!


How to report the Conference Invitation scam

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

Report To The FTC Here


How to protect yourself more:

If you want to be the first to find out the most notorious scams every week, feel free to subscribe to the Scam Detector newsletter here. You'll receive periodical emails and we promise not to spam. Last but not least, use the Comments section below to expose other scammers.


Related Articles and Pages:

Full List of Real Estate Tips and Scam

Change My Address/Free Change of Address Scam

Real Estate Leads/ Mortgage Lead Generation Scam

Dual Flush Toilet/ Low Flow Toilet Rebate Scam

Mortgage Loan Modification Via HAMP/HARP Programs

How To Stop Foreclosure Scam

Solar Panels For Your Home Scam

Water Heater Repair Emergency Plumbing Service

Fake Landlord Renting Property

Cheap Home Security Systems Scam

Add Your Comment

Editor's Choice