Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I don't know about other researchers, but I get inundated with e-mails about upcoming conferences from organizations I've never heard of, on topics that, at best, only tangentially relate to my work. I think that most of these are put on by for-profit groups that try to cash in on hot topics. But now there are truly fake conferences that are fronts designed to get your financial information. In a new post by Bob Grant on The Scientist news blog, he relays a detailed example of such a scam conference. He went so far as to contact the venues and speakers listed by the scammers, and of course none of those listed had ever heard of the conference. The ultimate enticement was the offer to pay for travel expenses, and the presumption is that they would offer to reimburse you, but need your bank account information. The evolvability of internet scammers is truly impressive.