Someone trying to scam Lahti entrants with fake invoice

WMA Secretary Winston Thomas of Britain has posted a disturbing note on the WMA Web site: “It had been brought to the notice of WMA that athletes who had paid for copies of the results booklet from the 2009 Stadia Championships in Lahti are now being invoiced for an extra payment of €25.00 . . . . Please note that this was not authorised by WMA or told to WMA before hand, and I have been asked to confirm that any such invoice to athletes should not be paid, but should be discarded.”

Here's the fake invoice that Winston wants y'all to ignore.

Winston continued:

There should apparently have been a separate

note from the LOC with the invoice to explain the extra charge, but this of course still would not make it correct. On behalf of the WMA Council we apologise for the concerns to athletes in this matter and hope that this will resolves the problems faced by athletes receiving this invoice.

I guess we should be honored (by the fraudsters) that we’re worth the effort. But geeze!

Even scarier is the thought that someone in the Lahti LOC allowed a mailing list of entrants to fall into nefarious hands. (Or worse, that this is an inside job.)

Doesn’t bode well for the folks hosting 2012 indoor worlds — in Jyväskylä, Finland.

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February 1, 2010

2 Responses

  1. Anthony Treacher - February 2, 2010

    Fraud? Very, very doubtful. Probably some sort of misunderstanding. Does WMA owe the Lahti LOC or something?

    The Finns are honest and great organisers. Plan to go to the 2012 Jyväskylä, Finland indoor world masters championships with confidence.

  2. Ken Stone - February 3, 2010

    Larger image is posted here:

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