E-mail touting Pa. university conference is scam

CALIFORNIA, Pa. (AP) — An email announcing a human trafficking conference at a state-owned university in southwestern Pennsylvania is a hoax.

Officials at California University of Pennsylvania tell the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/11EvJrZ ) they are not hosting the event billed as the “2013 10th Annual International Human Trafficking, Prostitution and Sex Work Conference.” The University of Toledo is hosting a similarly named conference in September.

California University spokeswoman Christine Kindl says this is the third consecutive year a hoax email has been sent about a human trafficking conference at the school, which has hosted its own event called “Shatter the Silence” the last two years.

A computer security expert at Carnegie Mellon University tells the newspaper that the email appears to be a “phishing” scam that seeks personal information from those who respond.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com

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