In the New England area, and other areas that I am aware of, there have been attempts to extort monies from GSW members via the internet. In New England’s experience a party was attempting to obtain funds by claiming to be the regional president asking for a check from the regional treasurer.
As most members are aware there are procedures in place that are adhered to in regards to monies owned by the GSW chapters. Most chapters require more than one officer to authorize any Distribution of funds. These procedures protect the chapters from inappropriate use of monies, and safeguard any withdrawals from chapter funds.
The internet scammers are very sophisticated and requests for money/ checks can be very authentic looking. Be aware that if you receive any requests for checks or monies to be transferred, do not proceed to do so without verifying the information with the members involved. It appears that the scammers have accessed GSW member’s e-mails and even the relationships between the members.
If it looks funny it probably is. Verify that any such request (which would be highly unusual in most cases) is in fact legitimate. More than likely it is not. Just a word to the wise.
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