AWP Warns Members about Fraudulent Emails
December 23, 2020
It has come to our attention that an illegal vendor of B2B business leads is claiming to have AWP attendee information and is actively trying to sell it to people in the writing industry, including AWP members, past attendees, and exhibitors. These offers are illegitimate. AWP, or a third-party representative of AWP, will never contact you with offers to purchase attendee information. All emails from AWP will only come from @awpwriter.org email addresses.
Rest assured, there has been no data breach or hacking of the information in your AWP user account.
Do not open or respond to these emails. AWP is investigating this issue and will send a cease & desist letter to this fraudulent organization.
To avoid potential scam emails, ask yourself the following questions:
· Is the email from an email domain other than awpwriter.org?
· Does the email have any official logos or markers of AWP?
· Is the email out of the ordinary or unexpected?
Please find the below example of one of these emails:
From: Mary James [mailto:Mary.email@example.com]
Sent: 21 December 2020 13:02
Subject: RE: Register AWP Attendees Data Lists- 2020
I hope you and your family are safe!
Would you be interested in acquiring Association of Writers & Writing Programs Attendees Databank?
List Includes:- Org-Name, First Name Last Name, Contact Job Title, Verified Email Address, Website URL, Mailing Address, Phone Number, Fax Number, Industry and many more…
Number of Contacts: 13,365 Verified Contacts.
• Data Usage Limitation: - Perpetual Usage
•Data list will be delivered in Excel and CSV format via email.
Kindly let me know your thoughts so that we could discuss further.
If you do not wish to receive future emails from us, please reply as 'leave out’