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Conference Invitation

 

Event Invitation Scam: How It Works

This tricky scam comes as a very tempting invitation for regular people with great hobbies, businessmen, lecturers, activists, philanthropists or even CEOs to attend various events, organized in a different city. Such events could be seminars during major events like Mental Health Awareness Week, Women Deliver or Human Trafficking & Social Justice Conference.

However, these are not all. 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 social media and craft an invitation tailored to their name and passions or businesses. How does the scam work?

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

Conference Invitation Scam Video

Scammers impersonate the administrators of those big events - using real names from the official websites - and contact the victims with tempting offers. The recipient of the letter is invited to be a speaker at an event or a conference held in a different city or country. For this event, the plane tickets, meals and local transportation are provided.

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

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

 

The guest then opens the bogus weblink - created by 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 conference.

Below is a scam email (grammar mistakes included) recently received by Scam Detector, from the e-mail address hrworg@mihaelhrworg.com:

"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 :{  hrwodesk@usa.com  } 

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."

 

Conference Invitation Scam: How To Avoid

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.

If the event is real but you are in doubt, contact the organizers yourself, using the phone numbers or email addresses listed on their official website.

 

Conference Invitation Scam: How To Report

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

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