It has been brought to our attention that some members have been receiving emails from the President of the Association or from one of your Board members asking for gift cards, etc. These are fraudulent emails.
If you answer yes to any of the following questions, the email you just opened may very well be a scam.
- Is the email from someone you do not know personally, or communicate with normally?
- Is the person (known or not) asking for something unusual, like gift cards, help of some kind, or otherwise acting out of character? (The President or any of your regional board members would never ask you to purchase gift cards, etc., for them.)
- Is the sender’s email address from a suspicious sounding domain (i.e. – @seiya-sh.com; firstname.lastname@example.org)?
- Does the subject line seem irrelevant, not make sense, or not match the content of the email? (Example: Are you there or can you do me a favour?).
- Did the email come at an odd time, like 2:00 am?
- Does the email contain poor grammar or spelling mistakes?
- Is the sender asking you to click on a link or open an attachment?
Please do not open or fall for any of these types of emails. If you should get one of these emails and it’s from a name you know, please verify with that person by telephone before acting on it. If it is a scam, delete the email.