Fraud Warning

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Vicky Eicher
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Fraud Warning

The following alert came from a member of the Reston Photography Society. I received the same email this morning and imediately blocked the sender:

"I wanted to notify the group about a phishing/fraudulent email that I received. I have attached it below. Being in the cybersecurity profession, I am always on the lookout for these sorts of activities. This is definitely from a fraudster with many tell-tell signs.

"Please let the group know. It would be unfortunate if others were contacted and fell victim to these tactics.


---------- Forwarded message ---------
"From: Phillip Rice
Date: Mon, Mar 8, 2021 at 10:24 AM
Subject: Artwork Inquiry

"I got your email address online on an artist league website, I need to buy 1 or 2 artworks for my new house. It could be of any size but I need something within my budget of $1,500 for each artwork, I will be happy if you can send me pictures, sizes and prices of your artworks so I can select, make payment and you ship it to my desired destination. Hope to read from you soon."