This email is to warn people of recent attempts of fraud that target specifically conference participants/speakers.
In the context of the organisation of the Stereodynamics meeting, one of our speakers contacted me after receiving a phone call from England. Someone told him that there were issues with his hotel arrangement during the conference, and that he would take care of it. The same thing has been reported by a speaker from a different conference. The caller collects contact information, and facts about the meeting itself, from the conference web site, thus making him sound fairly convincing.
So, if someone calls you (thus far he called himself Tony Smith and called from a UK number ending on 1516) and informs you about issues with hotel arrangements at a conference, beware. Your conference chair will most probably tell you that everything is in order.
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