Please be advised that we have been notified of an on-going phishing scam in which scammers are posing as Board Members, Regional Advisors and Community Liaisons of the World Design Organization (WDO).
Please do NOT respond to emails that request any kind of money wire transfers or payment requests. WDO Board Members, Senators Regional Advisors, and Community Liaisons will never personally ask you for money wire transfers.
Please avoid forwarding the phishing email to other parties, including the WDO Secretariat. Simply notify the WDO Secretariat by emailing us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org. This will help mitigate the spread of possible tracking.
A phishing email soliciting to send financial funding or account information has been received recently by WDO Regional Advisors. Please note that this phishing email was distributed to a large group of email addresses. There is no indication that our system has been compromised in any way.
This email was not sent by WDO and is not affiliated with WDO in any way.
WDO cannot stop this type of phishing email from being sent by fraudsters, however we have taken precautionary measures to mitigate the phishing emails by turning emails into images to roaming bots to further complicate the copying and stealing of emails.
A copy of the fake email is below:
From Name: Srini Srinivasan
From Email address: email@example.com
With the following message:
Hello [insert name]
Would you be able to process a wire transfer or make an online bank transfer to a Vendor on behalf of the board today and get reimburse on Friday? Please let me know so i can send you the instruction/details to complete this request.
Note: These sophisticated emails do not outright ask you for a financial transfer, however, responding to this initial email will ensue a follow up email that will encourage you to enact such a transfer with continuous interaction. There is also an email that is posing as our WDO Treasurer; please do not respond, but do block or delete the email immediately.
Please do not:
- Respond to the phishing email
- Transfer any money to their request
- Give usernames, passwords or logins
- Forward the phishing email to other WDO parties
- Double check the email address of the person who is writing to you. If you are familiar with the person’s personal email address, check that it is from that email address. Otherwise, any WDO Board Member who emails you should come from a wdo.org email address when you click on “Reply”. If you are not familiar with the email address, do not respond. In the example above, the email address is neither an official nor personal email for the WDO President.
- Check the WDO page for Regional Advisors & Community Liaison official emails: http://wdo.org/about/people/regional-advisors-community-liaisons/. If the person who is emailing you is not emailing from these emails, do not respond.
- Cease and desist all communications with the phishing email immediately, avoid responding to repeated requests.
- Block the email address and set a rule to mark it as Spam, so the email goes to your junk folder.
- In the instance that you have enacted a financial transfer, please contact your financial institution immediately to stop the transfer.
- If in doubt, please email us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
WDO takes these phishing scams very seriously, and we request that you are always vigilant with these types of emails. Always verify that any money transfer requested by the WDO Secretariat comes from an official wdo.org email address when you attempt to reply.