Search Conference Scam Emails
Some of these types of scams can appear quite sophisticated and at the beginning may seem to be quite legitimate. Some of the scams I have seen actually copy legitimate conferences, but merely change the date and location. They may even claim to be sponsored by the UN, WHO or some agency. They have even set up fake websites using similar names to pull these scams off.
The scam typically starts off with an invitation to a conference using the premise of a current social or medical issue as the focus of the conference. Two that come to mind are the GCEID and GHRWO scams. In the email they will state where the conference is, some of them will have one part in the US or UK while the rest of the conference is somewhere in Africa. They will tell you in the email that you MUST reserve a room at the hotel they have "partnered" with and they will give you contact information for the hotel. If you reply to the initial email, the 2nd email will again tell you to contact their hotel and that you can't reserve your spot at the conference until you have a booking confirmation from the hotel.
Some of the emails may even have a link to the hotel's website, but in all cases I have seen, the hotel is always fake and so is the website. You will contact the hotel and they tell you to send your hotel fees to them using Western Union, Moneygram or sometimes they actually do offer bank-to-bank transfer if it's a large amount of money. If a victim does pay the hotel and get their fake booking confirmation to send to the conference people, then the conference people tell them they need travel documents to go to the part of the conference that's in a different country. They will have you contact their travel people and then you will be asked to pay more fees for your travel papers.
All in all, these conferences are fake. Legitimate conferences would not contact you out of the blue with an invite to such important events supposedly sponsored by the UN. Always do your research on the conference as well as the hotel. Most of the information on the hotel's website will be copied and pasted from a legitimate hotel's website and the details won't fit for the area the hotel is supposedly located. For instance, I had a hotel in Virginia that had a view of a famous plaza in Barcelona Spain. These subtle hints are huge red flags. In the end, victims have paid a lot of money for a hotel room that doesn't exist to attend a conference that isn't real.
The best way you can protect yourself from scams like these is to:
1) Steer clear of emails that sound suspicious or are too good to be true
2) Do an internet search for the email address the sender is using. Many times it will more than likely appear on sites that report scams
3) NEVER give your bank details to someone you don't know, especially if you "met" them through uninvited emails and especially if they ask you to email your information to them. Legitimate companies, banks, lawyers and other professionals would NEVER do this.
4) NEVER send money to someone you don't know, especially if they ask you to send the money to another person in another country (Africa should sound the alarm!) Legitimate companies, banks, lawyers and other professionals would NEVER do this. Legitimate companies will also NEVER have you send money to an individual's name through Western Union, Moneygram or any other money sending service, even if they are in the same country.
My list of past conference scammers for search purposes:
*Please do not report these emails to the service providers. The scammers will simply create a new email somewhere else making internet searches fruitless. We don't want them creating new emails because as long as they continue to use these email addresses, people that search will find them listed as scam emails.
Prof. John Homas GCEID Conference email@example.com www.gceid.org 540-907-8417
Mr. Dennis Fields Yolande Hotel Manager for the GCEID Conference firstname.lastname@example.org www.yolandehotel.com 218-288-1032
Mrs. Amelia Oliver Global Human Right World Organization GHRWO Conference email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Cheikh Gueye Aissata Camara Hotel Reservation Manager for the GHRWO Conference email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org www.aissatcamarahotel.16mb.com
Mrs. Maura Colon International Organization For Human Rights IOHR Conference Secretariat Office email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com www.interorghumanright.esy.es 206-888-6737
Mrs. Eliza Herman IOHR Conference Registration Desk firstname.lastname@example.org 206-888-6737
Paul Silas Blue Sea Hotel Reservation Manager for the IOHR Conference email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org www.blue-seahotel.hol.es +221-778295379 +221-771704988
Yolande Hotel Dakar email@example.com www.yolandahotel.net +233-554949361 + 233-554949428
Dr. Richard Marlink California Aids Foundation CAF Conference Secretariat Office firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org 323-275-9691
Mrs. Rachel Wolfe The International Organization For Human Rights IO-HR Conference email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Blue Sea Hotel for the IO-HR Conference email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org www.blueseahotel.890m.com +221-775440663 +221-771704988
Mrs. Eliza Herman IO-HR Conference Registration Desk email@example.com 206-888-6737
Dr. Wright Wellington and/or Derrick Walter California Welfare & Peoples Health Organization CWPHO Conference Principal Larson Officer firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com 206-888-6066 206-350-9271
Derrick Walters California Welfare & Peoples Health Organization CWPHO/CIWO Conference Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org www.ciwo.org www.ciwo.mozello.com 209-794-4116 206-350-9271
The Plate Hotel for the CIWO Conference email@example.com www.theplate.puzl.com +221-774751762
Clara Billy International Organization for Human Rights IO-HR Secretariat Office firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org 206-888-6737
Blue Sea Hotel for the IO-HR Conference email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org +221-775440663 +221-778295379 +221-771704988
Joffrey Dale California International Welfare Organization CIWO/CWPHO Principal Larson Officer email@example.com 206-888-6066 206-350-9271
Brayden Rylan 2015 ICCTWCLE Conference/WCPVAW firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Samuel Schwartz WCPVAWG 2015 Conference Secretary email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com 206-222-7084 206-736-7076
Hotel De Kamara firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com +221-783099300
Ms. Shirley Jones California Aids Foundation CAF Conference firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Kathleen Fitzpatrick United Nations Summit Organizing Secretary email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Pitt Thomas email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org +44-7035971620
Dr. Monica Global Society for Human Rights Organization Conference Program Assistant email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Jenny Hugh MD Human Rights and HIV/AIDS Activities Coordinator International Human Rights and HIV/AIDS Treatment HRHA Conference email@example.com
Mr. Mason Brett Human Rights and HIV/AIDS HRHA Conference Secretariat firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com 212-727-7334 409-349-9024
Cité Diouf Hôtel firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com www.cidioufhotel.890m.com +221-767338176
Carl Gerald United Nations Department for Sustainable Development UN-DSD Conference Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Kyle Simmons Summit on Sustainable Development UK email@example.com +44-7035958760
Dr. Christina Walker OHRED Organization of Human Rights and Economic Development Program Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Charles Anderson Organization of Human Rights and Economic Development OHRED Secretariat email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org 972-468-8312
Rola Bravo Hotel email@example.com 409-344-5663
Marshall Walters Nevada International Welfare Organization NIWO Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org 859-545-0087 206-350-9271 www.niwo.ucoz.org
Ms. Nancy Nelson The American Health Organization AHO International Conference on Child Abuse, HIV/AIDS And Diabetes Control International Conference email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Dr. Happy Wisdom International Economic Development on Human Security and Terrorism Organization Program Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Prof. Richard Hugh IEDHSTO Secretariat firstname.lastname@example.org 815-975-3804 www.iedhsto-organization.webs.com
Lé Céte Hôtel email@example.com +221-771237519
Ms. Olivia Ethan International World Peace Foundation Conference firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Miret Johnson International World Peace Foundation Conference Secretary email@example.com
Ms. Isabella William International World Peace Foundation Conference firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Miret Johnson International World Peace Foundation Conference Secretary email@example.com
Ms. Olivia Ethna The International Youth Peace Foundation Conference firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Ms. Olivia Ethan The International World Peace Foundation Conference firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Mrs. Miret Johnson The International World Peace Foundation Conference Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Canadian Conference on Health, Education and Development email@example.com