SPASA issues email scam warning

SPASA Australia

Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

SPASA issues email scam warning

SPASA Australia has issued a warning to industry members following a spike in phishing, scam and spam emails. The emails offer access to Pool & Spa Expo and SPLASH! event databases.

SPASA would like to assure industry members that:

  • the association does not rent or sell email contact information
  • no company is authorised to distribute or sell contact lists owned by SPASA
  • it does not share any contact information with unauthorised third parties.

Scammers who offer to sell these lists often aggregate information based on web crawler or email scraper programs that search for the “@” sign in email addresses posted on various websites. Most of these companies are offshore and have no direct access to the swimming pool and spa industry.

SPASA Australia is asking industry members to not engage with and/or acquire/purchase any list from any company claiming to have use of Pool & Spa or SPLASH! Expo databases, attendees’ details or contact information. Doing so puts you and others at risk.

By responding to unsolicited spam and scam emails (even to “unsubscribe”) confirms they have reached a valid email address. That address is then onsold to other companies and the problem escalates.

If you have any queries, please contact SPASA Australia for further information.

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