A number of legitimate colleges, universities and private companies put on conferences using the name “Women’s Leadership Summit.” However, scammers have recently been using this name to scam women as is being reported by the Better Business Bureau. The scam starts when you receive an email inviting you to attend the phony conference. The email purports to have been sent by a woman who states that she saw your LinkedIn profile and thought that you would be a perfect fit for the conference. People responding to the email are sent a link to a professional appearing website that provides details about the non-existent conference including the list of high profile speakers. Of course, none of this is true. There is no conference and the high profile women noted in the website as speakers have nothing to do with the scam or the phony conference. You are prompted to sign up for the conference and provide your credit card information. Interestingly, in the version of this scam being reported on by the BBB while you are asked for your credit card information, nowhere in the website is there an indication of the price of attendance. Anyone providing their credit card information soon learns that the conference is a scam and their credit card is used to run up fraudulent purchases.
As I often say, “trust me, you can’t trust anyone.” Merely because you receive an invitation to sign up for a conference does not mean that the conference is legitimate. In the particular “Women’s Leadership Summit” email described by the BBB, the name of a real person involved with similar legitimate conferences is used, however, you can’t be sure as to whether that is the person actually sending you the email. In some instances, scammer will use email addresses to send the email that have nothing to do with the name of the real person they are posing as which is an indication that this is a scam.
As I indicated earlier, the name “Women’s Leadership Summit” is used by many legitimate organizations to put on legitimate conferences so merely because a legitimate name is used does not mean that the conference about which you are contacted is legitimate. Never provide your credit card information in response to any email or text message unless you have absolutely confirmed that the sender and the organization are legitimate. In this case, no legitimate conference would ever ask you to submit credit card information without indicating the cost of attending the conference.
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