Email Scam Soliciting Presentation Speakers

The Information Security Office has received numerous reports that a series of fraudulent email messages asking for presentation/lecture speakers have been circulating. There are several, similar versions of the message being sent.

The email notes these speaking engagements are available for keynote addresses or lectures in Asia, either in-person or remotely. They ask interested parties to send in a proposal or abstract and promise that all expenses will be taken care of.

The email contains content similar to the following:

Hope you are doing well.
We are writing to request your presence as a Speaker/Chair for the upcoming key note lecture event, scheduled to be held at Asian countries. In view of your outstanding contribution in this field, we cordially welcome you to make a presentation regarding your recent work.
I would highly appreciate receiving your proposal for your speech title and suggestions to our program soon. For more hot topics of conference, please feel free to contact us at any time!
Thank you for making a note of these reminders and we earnestly hope that you will be able join us and contribute to what is sure to be a useful and stimulating congress!
The key note speaker slots are still open and you can send your abstract for your talk in the summit. We hope to receive your concurrence to attend the event soon. The decent honorarium will be provided as a token of appreciation for your precious time.
We look forward to your reply.
Best Regards,
Risa Wada 


If you receive this, or a similar email, please do not respond or click on any links within; just delete the message. This is a common phishing practice to try to get recipients to respond to a message with personal data, build a relationship with the contact, and then request personal data like Unique IDs, social security numbers, or bank account information. 

If you receive a message that you suspect to be a phishing message, please forward it to This allows the information security team to block sites that may be associated with phishing attacks. If you ever feel you may have responded to a fraudulent message or clicked a link in one, please contact IT Help immediately at 513-529-7900.

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