Dear WFN Members

I hope you are well.

The country@ email addresses exist as a quick way to contact all members in a specific country. E.g. to contact all members in the UK. Please be reminded to remove the group address from copy when you reply to a quote request individually. If it is you who has sent the request, and your partner forgets to remove the group address when they reply to you, again please do remove it when you continue your conversation.

I can’t wait to meet as many of you as possible at Hotel Croatia Cavtat in October. THANK YOU to everybody below for signing up and committing to pay.

The ‘early bird’ delegate fee expires on 31st August, and the WFN Meeting Manager system has been open since 1st August for paid delegates to book their 1-2-1 meetings with fellow members. So if you are yet to confirm and pay, please mail Debbie today to arrange.

As many of you are aware, we were booked and ready to go to Costa Rica for our 2020 meeting, before it had to be cancelled. I am keen to move our meetings back to their usual March timeslot, but also aware that with an event in October 2022, March 2023 will be too soon to run another meeting. I therefore propose to run our 2023 meeting in June, in Costa Rica, then 2024 will be back in March.

As per my earlier email this week, we do need to assess the level of interest before I can sign contracts. Please let Debbie know by this Friday 19th: YES or CAN’T COMMIT.

Sadly, banking fraud is increasingly common. Even since I last sent a warning about this, in June’s update, another member has been targeted. Please do not trust an email giving you new bank details; the emails may be from a hacker. Some other signs that may indicate hacking:

> All other contacts will suddenly be removed from copy
> The email address you are receiving the mail from may have been slightly changed e.g. might have changed to 
> You may be asked to send payment by MoneyGram, as opposed to the usual bank transfer
> You may be asked to send Cryptocurrency
> You may be asked to send the payment to a different country, rather than the country the member is based in

All these things are red flags that something is not right. It is best to use caution every time there is any kind of doubt, rather than risk being exposed.

Please therefore ALWAYS check over the phone with your partner, before changing bank details. Once you make the payment, my stance is that you are liable for this payment. Although you are the victim of a crime, you must still arrange payment.

Our IT developer has given us some further information and advice on this matter:

Your messages can be intercepted and read anywhere in transit, or reconstructed and read off of backup devices, for a potentially infinite period of time. One of your machines could be compromised, and the hacker then able to pick up the thread of an email conversation, then carry on talking on the new email address, or the messages could have been intercepted anywhere in transit.  

Be aware of phishing also. The definition of phishing is “the fraudulent practice of sending emails disguised as a reputable and trustworthy company with the intention to persuade individuals to reveal their personal details such as passwords or credit card information.” The person who did it may have started with an unrelated phishing/spoofing email which was then replied to, accepted, to allow them to monitor mail for the ideal opportunity, i.e. seeing you owe us money/your statement of account.

Some advice for members:

• Use different passwords for all the other email accounts for your domain.
• Reset and have new passwords for all email accounts for your domain.
• Run security scans on any personal computers/devices with access to the email accounts.
• Use an SSL certificate in your email client settings.
• Periodically monitor filters and forwarders in the control panel, this includes per email account filters as well as global filters to make sure someone hasn’t hacked the account, and setup a forwarder to another address to monitor your mailbox
• Regularly update your password.
• Use complex, secure passwords.”

Kind regards

Group Managing Director
World Freight Network Ltd
20-22 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7GU

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