We’ve been made aware of an email scam using AVMA’s name, and we want to make sure you know it’s not from us. It’s an invitation allegedly sent by the Veterinary Practice Resource Center and invites veterinarians to sign up for an “AVMA PURE CONTENT Free Webinar.”
The email sender is listed as Veterinary_Practice_Center@mail.vresp.com, which is not an AVMA domain. The email states that AVMA is “providing exclusive access” to the webinar and it lists our headquarters address in Schaumburg.
We don’t know how many members or veterinarians have received it, but if you have received it, you need to know that it is NOT an AVMA product and we do not have any affiliation with the webinar provider.
The Veterinary Practice Resource Center (VPRC) is a real section of the AVMA site, but AVMA members are not sent emails directly from the VPRC.
We’re investigating the source of the email and will take appropriate action.
If you receive an email that appears to be from the AVMA but you’re suspicious of the content, you can always call (1-800-248-2862) or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to check on it. We’d also appreciate the heads-up so we can investigate the matter. And if it’s a real email, we’d want to know what we’re doing to trigger suspicions so we can fix it.
And while we’ve got the opportunity, here are a few tips on recognizing and dealing with suspicious emails:
1. Learn the legitimate sender addresses so you can recognize incorrect ones. For example, anything you’d receive from the AVMA will have an AVMA domain.
2. Consistent spelling, capitalization and/or punctuation errors should make you suspicious. Sure, we’re all human, so one error might have slipped through the proofreading process; but the more errors there are, the more suspicious you should be.
3. NEVER click links in a suspicious email and don’t reply to the email. If it appears to be from a bank or credit company with which you do business, but you’re suspicious of the email, contact the company using the information on your card or bank statement, or go directly to their legitimate website.
4. Banks, credit card companies, etc. will never ask you for your personal information via email or text. Neither will we.
5. Never open attachments from senders you don’t recognize or can’t verify.
For more information on protecting yourself from phishing and other scams, and preventing identity theft, visit http://onguardonline.gov/.