[Stc_presidents-discuss] Fraud attempt directed at STC Rochester Chapter

Ben Woelk ben.woelk at gmail.com
Mon Jul 11 19:13:18 UTC 2016

Our chapter treasurer received an email today (treasurer at stc-rochester.org)
purportedly from our chapter president (president#stc-rochester.org) with
the Subject line TRANSFER REQUEST.

I haven't seen the message headers yet, but I'm sure the originating
address was spoofed. The scammer used the correct names, so there was some
reconnaissance done. This type of fraud is becoming common.

If you don't have a process to check disbursement requests, I highly
recommend you develop one.

Here's the message text.

From: Roberta Werner <president at stc-rochester.org>
> To: treasurer at stc-rochester.org
> Cc:
> Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:51:58 -0600
> Donna, I'll need you to process a transfer of 1,900USD to a vendor. Let me
> know if you are available so i can send you the beneficiary details
> immediately.
> Kind Regards.
> Roberta Werner
> Sent from my iPhone

I'm going to forward a copy of a security alert/advisory around this type
of activity that  I sent to Rochester Institute of Technology Staff to this

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