Several EMDA members have received yet another fraudulent email that tries to appear like it’s from EMDA.
At first this looked like another email “spoof” – but it’s not even that clever. Spoofing is when a spammer sends out emails using your email domain in the From: field. The idea is to make it seem like the message is from you – in order to trick people into opening it. This one doesn’t show my name anywhere – and remember, I’m the sole employee of EMDA, this fraud message actually includes a person’s name – Crystle. If the Board hires additional employees, you can be sure it would be announced! And, while EMDA did just complete it’s annual financial audit/review, I almost laughed at the text in the scam asking the recipients if they owe anything and how much it is – what kind of valid audit doesn’t find this information LOL. In any case, it’s definitely a scam. Don’t click any links, just delete it!
When in doubt, if an email from EMDA looks at all suspicious, just call or send an email to me. Any time I send emails to the membership, the From: field should say “EMDA/Patricia A. Collins.” And, when we do send bulk messages to the membership, it is always address to individuals, not just “Hi.”
Here’s the text from the current scam:
From: EMDA <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:15 AM To: undisclosed-recipients: Subject: Outstanding Payment Inquiry
We are carrying out audit on our account and trying to balance our account.
For this reason, we will like to know if you owe us any outstanding payments and if you do, How much is the outstanding and when is the payment due?
Also if you have not paid yet, kindly hold on with the payment.
Your quick response will be appreciated.