L:ike many organisations, fraudulent email messages are being sent by individuals purporting to be representatives of the World Economic Forum.

These messages have in the past used the names of the Forum’s management team, with ‘Reply To’ addresses that do not end in @weforum.org. They may use Yahoo, Gmail or Hotmail accounts, and occasionally similar addresses (e.g. @weforum-jobs.org).

Typically, though not exhaustively, the messages take the form of invitations offering membership, the possibility to participate in Forum events (e.g. ‘Davos 17’) as an individual or as part of a ‘delegation’, or offers of employment. They often ask the potential ‘victim’ to respond for further information.

Ultimately the recipient will be asked to provide passport, bank and other personal details, and finally payment (usually via Western Union or MoneyGram) to the fictitious Forum representative.

These emails are not legitimate World Economic Forum communications, and are in most cases a form of advance fee fraud. Their objective is to mislead victims into paying for a fictitious membership, event registration or "training course" prior to an offer of employment.

Please note:

Emails from the World Economic Forum are only sent from addresses ending in: @weforum.org. To assist mail providers and your IT team in the identification and filtering of fraudulent messages, the World Economic Forum maintains an up-to-date SPF (Sender Policy Framework) record.

Participation in the Annual Meeting is by invitation only and is reserved exclusively for Members of the World Economic Forum and invited guests. Employment opportunities are published on the website of the World Economic Forum and are never advertised via unsolicited email communications. The World Economic Forum does not use Western Union or MoneyGram to receive payments.

If you have received one of these emails or have any doubts about the authenticity of a message you have received from the Forum please forward the message to itsecurity@weforum.org for verification.

The World Economic Forum disclaims all responsibility with respect to any expense, loss, and/or damage of any kind, which might have occurred in connection with any fraudulent membership or event registration invitation.