EMAIL SCAM WARNING

Posted on Wednesday, 29 January 2020

MGAQ members targeted in email scam!

A few MGAQ members where targeted by an email scam which aimed to get the members to transfer money to a hacker posing as a trusted party.

These scam e-mails can be difficult to catch because they appear to be harmless, have a normal, friendly tone and no links or attachments. They may appear to come from a Committee member (such as our MGAQ President) and ask you for sensitive information, or, to initiate a funds transfer.

Some things to watch out for:

Non authentic email addresses. Watch out for non-authentic email addresses like: mgaqpresident@gmail.com, or Carol Buchanan <presidentmeboxnewmail@gmail.com>. Note: all official MGAQ correspondence should come from a position@mgaq.org,au email address.

A hurried tone. Scammers will often ask you to send money or information immediately, stating that they’re busy or in a meeting, and can’t do it themselves.

E-mail only. Since the scam relies on impersonating a trusted party via a fake, yet similar email address, they will ask you not to call with questions and only reply through e-mail.

If you receive an e-mail that you suspect to be part of a scam, or, if you are unsure of an e-mail’s legitimacy, please do not respond. Instead, forward the email to: mgaqit@mgaq.org.au

Remember, nobody from the MGAQ will ever request personal information, usernames, passwords, or money from you via email.