The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center reported that in a single year, US residents lost $57 million to phishing schemes. It seems that our ATHS membership is not immune to these attacks. This is an actual email recently received by a member of the ATHS Board of Directors:
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From: Tom Mullen email@example.com
Subject: Support those on the front lines of coronavirus.
Are you available to assist? I am out of the State now and I’ve got credence in you to take care of this. I would have called your phone but I presently do not have access to my mobile phone.
American Truck Historical Society needs some gift cards for donation to Veterans at Hospice and Palliative care units for preventive items against Corona Disease( COVID 19). I have decided to make it a personal duty. I will be responsible for the reimbursement.
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First off, neither the ATHS President nor any other member of the ATHS leadership team would ever ask a member to purchase gift cards for the Society for ANY reason, no matter how worthy the cause. Second, Mr. Mullen’s typing skills are far better than this! If you receive anything like the email above, let ATHS know right away. But more importantly, forward the email to the Anti-Phishing Working Group at firstname.lastname@example.org and report it to the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov/complaint.