Dear Local Union Officers,
We have been made aware a spoofing scheme, where someone is attempting to contact officers and members while posing as IATSE International President Matthew D Loeb.
While there is little we can do to prevent this from occurring, there are several measures we can all take to protect ourselves from online/email scams.
- Check the senders email address: All official communications from the International should come from email address ending in @iatse.net. In this case the spoofers used an email from email@example.com instead. (For practice, check out how this email is from firstname.lastname@example.org)
- DO NOT CLICK ANY LINKS if you believe the email to be suspicious.
- Report suspicious emails as spam within your email reader. this helps alert email providers like Microsoft Google and others that something is wrong with the email you got and reduces the likelihood you and others will receive similar emails again.
- Alert the international: When the international is made aware of cyber security threats, we can alert local officers in an email like this. We recognize Local 69 Business Agent Alan Byassee for letting us know about this spoofing email!
- Use unique passwords and change passwords often: A common strategy used by scammers is to trick you into typing your password into a fake version of a website. If you use different passwords for each website and application, it makes it much harder for scammers to take control of important financial and communications accounts.