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Phishing Scam Email
Updated On: Aug 231, 2019


There are many emails being sent to people working in the entertainment industry in the PNW which are  phishing scams.

Please do not respond to these messages, especially not with personal information.

These emails have been reported to the OMPA and reported to the  US Dept. of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

We encourage you to make your own report by following the directions below:

Report Phishing Sites

US-CERT partners with the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) to collect phishing email messages and website locations to help people avoid becoming victims of phishing scams.

You can report phishing to APWG by sending email to phishing-report@us-cert.gov.

What Is Phishing?

Phishing is an attempt by an individual or group to solicit personal information from unsuspecting users by employing social engineering techniques. Phishing emails are crafted to appear as if they have been sent from a legitimate organization or known individual. These emails often attempt to entice users to click on a link that will take the user to a fraudulent website that appears legitimate. The user then may be asked to provide personal information, such as account usernames and passwords, that can further expose them to future compromises. Additionally, these fraudulent websites may contain malicious code.

Learn More About Phishing

The following documents and websites can help you learn more about phishing and how to protect yourself against phishing attacks:

Methods of Reporting Phishing Email to APWG

  • In Outlook Express, you can create a new message and drag and drop the phishing email into the new message. Address the message to phishing-report@us-cert.gov and send it.
  • In Outlook Express you can also open the email message* and select File > Properties > Details. The email headers will appear. You can copy these as you normally copy text and include it in a new message to phishing-report@us-cert.gov.
  • If you cannot forward the email message, at a minimum, please send the URL of the phishing website.

* If the suspicious mail in question includes a file attachment, it is safer to simply highlight the message and forward it. Some configurations, especially in Windows environments, may allow the execution of arbitrary code upon opening and viewing a malicious email message.

Also here is a link to great article on the phishing happenng in our industry

You may also report emails like this to Federal Trade Commission:

How to Report Phishing

If you got a phishing email or text message, report it. The information you give can help fight the scammers.

Step 1. If you got a phishing email, forward it to the FTC at spam@uce.gov and to the Anti-Phishing Working Group at reportphishing@apwg.org. If you got a phishing text message, forward it to SPAM (7726).

Step 2. Report the phishing attack to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.


Sample phishing email received by our members and others in the industry:

Begin forwarded message:

From: hurrah production <hurrahproductiontv.co@gmail.com>


Date: June 11, 2019 at 10:49:46 AM PDT



Greetings from Hurrah

Hi and how are you today, this is  Richard Chan , I'm cast director to the Production company Hurrah Production based out of Singapore and here in the States to accomplish a series of lined up short Films for the year 2019/2020. We are putting together Casts & Crews for one of the projects which will begin on the 15th-19th of July. I would like to know if you're interested and also secure your availability for the postulated dates.

The project will take about 5 days and you should know this is a paid Job offer. I found you via the Oregon Media Production directory & I will sure like to see an updated Resume or a CV with your past work just for certification and also for future references.

Do respond with an email and I'll reply with more information as regards the project as well. Looking forward to working on this project with you & I know you'll be a right fit to work with us. Thanks and I'll look out for your response resume. You can also inquire with me at (richardchan@hurrahproductiontv.co) OR at the office at (ringothedingo@hurrahproductiontv.co) as well as visiting the website below.

Richard Chan

Cast&Creative Director



(409) 444-2137

IATSE Local 488
5105 SW 45th Ave #204
Portland, OR 97221
  (503) 232-1523

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