Warning: online scammer hypes fake global warming conference

Thu, 2008-08-28 11:46Emily Murgatroyd
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Warning: online scammer hypes fake global warming conference

Thanks to the sharp eye of Inel who has uncovered a pretty sophisticated online scam regarding a conference in London called the 3rd Global Warming and Climate Change International Conference & Exposition (WGGWCC 08).

According the Inel, the event advertisement looked bogus to him for many reasons:

  • The street address given for the organisers is, upon checking a map of the area, apparently a London cemetery — St. Marylebone Crematorium, to be precise (indicating a rather dark sense of humour!)
  • The format of the London postcode given is invalid.
  • The London phone number supplied is not authentic: it begins with +44 70 … This is not a true London area code (which start +44 20 …). It is, in fact, a “follow me” number that is often used by scammers to complicate matters.
  • The true Hyde Park Hotel in London has real phone and fax numbers with proper London area codes. I contacted the Manager last week and was told he could guarantee that there is no WGGWCC conference taking place in his hotel on 26-30 September 2008.
  • The fake Hyde Park Hotel website provided in a link by WGGWCC comments directs you to a site designed to take your money as you provide details for a pseudo-room booking. You will not get accommodation in the real hotel, and there is no conference to attend!
  • WGGWCC? Never heard of it. Perhaps an org title with Global Warming and Climate Change together indicate a degree of redundancy that made me smell a small rat?
  • The third international conference provides no information on previous events, and lacks named speakers and sponsors, despite calling for papers and offering travel and visa assistance to foreign attendees.
  • A quick glance at the source code shows the amateur website is created using Yahoo! SiteBuilder with Yahoo! Webhosting. No reputable organisation would use those tools.

The original message appeared in the comment section on Inel's blog. So please be aware, this scam might extend to email as well.

Good eye!

Previous Comments

Paper Submission
September, 15 2008

Notification of Acceptance
September, 20 2008

Conference Dates
September, 26–30 2008

Now, any bloke who wants to present an actual paper and is a serious scientist will quickly see that this sort of schedule is just insane. I mean… submit a paper, get accepted in 5 days, and then within 6 days they can get the entire conference programme sorted out? I don’t think even the Heartland Institute folks were that fast.

(This sort of thing, however, won’t deter those who’ll pay money to get their “Galileo-like” papers published so that they can cite it on blogs. Then again, except those who just want to sit in and listen may also fail to notice the crazy schedule and get scammed as a result…)

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Frank

Sorry, still away for work, so a quick response. Why are you even bothering to comment on what appears to be a prank? Are you simply too tempted to dehumanise your debate opponents that you’ll be a rent a quote no matter the topic??

On a more important note I notice that many alarmists have spent the past couple of weeks attacking geologists since the recent European conference. Scientists and experts, eh? What a pain their evidence based opinion is.

Sorry guys, I think you’ll be needing to attack physicists, chemists, statisticians and many other disciplines soon. It’s all starting to stack against our lord baby Hansen.

The entire agw theory has been argued as scientific consensus, hasn’t it? I’ve lost count of the number of times political greens have used that as a sole argument. Once you guys start attacking the scientific disciplines for inconvenient conclusions we have a logical trend with momentum in one direction only.

And (like I promised to say) I’m not a scientist, honest. For you, Frank, I’ll be a lion tamer.

As always, Best wishes TimM

TimM, where did I ever say that the world will end in 2012? And why are you stuck in this “us vs. them” mindset? I’m a staunch libertarian who votes Republican every time (except for Gore), and I like to waste energy, destroy endangered species, and make people poor. Yet I still agree that global warming is a serious problem which we all should tackle.

And maybe a few selected people had prior notice.

Somebody trying to scam the AGW scammers? I hope he/she gets a good haul. That would be sweet.

From reading the above, it’s hard to tell who the target audience is (AGW-deniers or AGW-accepters), but it seems clear that their not trying to lure anybody who actually knows their stuff.

Please support our mission to Ban dihydrogen monoxide. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10463579

EJIT!! Don’t forget to clean yer gun and kill something defenceless Elroy my boy.

Greens Against Renewable Energy

http://www.capmag.com/news.asp?ID=1770

Excerpt:
“An exasperated Arnold Schwarzenegger said ‘if we cannot put solar power plants in the Mojave desert, I don’t know where the hell we can put it.’ But that is the whole point. On green philosophy, there is literally no place on earth for mankind.”

DeSmogBlog might want to look into this ;D

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2008/08/29/notes082908.DTL

hat tip to the Galloping Beaver http://tinyurl.com/66ld6q

Vj

Was it you who has a biology background? I also seem to recall that you’re pretty thin skinned. If so, why would you label those who disagree with your political view ‘imbeciles’? Not very scientific.

And just because I’m feeling a tad juvenille - chemistry trumps biology for pure science every day of the week. I’m biased of course.

Best TimM

What “political view”? It’s people who will not accept scientific evidence who are imbeciles. This is an argument about intellectual integrity, not about politics.

Though my link above is about common ordinary trolls and other semi-literates infesting the internet. Many denialists belong in a subset of this group.

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