Scammers are still at it.
Very recently a spat of emails have been received by Guild members purporting to be from Tania Marshall, requesting gift cards be purchased on behalf of the Guild. Personal email addresses of Guild members and Officers have never been posted on the Guild website, so how the sender obtained the recipient names and email addresses is unknown. Once again, please be cautious when opening any incoming email regardless of who it appears to be from. Some email clients will allow you to screen incoming email based on your email address book or contacts list. If the incoming email address is not in your address or contacts list, the message will automatically go to your spam or junk box. USA.gov has a useful website about imposter scams and where to report them which can be found here.
Unfortunately, we are not alone. Scammers have hit numerous guilds now, including some quilting guilds. Scammers and fraudulent emails have joined those annoying phone calls and text messages many of us are now receiving.
Please be careful and remember, if you are uncertain whether email message you received is legitimate, you can always contact the individual through another means (such as a text or a phone call) to ask if the individual sent you a message before you open it or respond to it.
While this latest incident does not appear to involve bots “scooping” Guild emails from the website, I’ve been altering the appearance of Guild email addresses to [position] AT SanDiegoKnitters DOT com. To use Guild email addresses, you’ll need to change the AT and DOT to appropriate symbols and eliminate any spaces. Guild email addresses are not clickable.
— Kerry Nare, Webmaster