The International Biometric Office has become aware of a current email scam that seems to be targeting IBS Regional Officers and Representative Council members.

A recent email scam with the subject “IBS” from the sender (and some other varied subject lines) is fake, and not from the IBS President, Elizabeth Thompson or other IBS leaders. The email appears to be written from the IBS leader and is seeking money for a fellow IBS member. Please, do not respond in any way to the person sending this email. Several regional officers have been contacted already by this unknown person or persons.

It is often difficult to be sure if something is real or fake, since scammers adjust their tactics. So, if you have doubt, trust your instinct and do not send any information. Never send other IBS members sensitive information like passwords, bank account, or credit card details.

Please be cautious, especially if asked to update information to confirm or maintain your account. If you receive a legitimate communication of this kind from the IBS, even if it seems legitimate, we encourage you go to the IBS website directly (, rather than clicking on a link in an e-mail. Emails coming from strange domains like or addresses like .gmail or .yahoo, where free accounts can be created in minutes, are a very big red flag for spotting illegitimate emails.

Email phishing and spoof emails aim to obtain your secure information, passwords or bank account numbers. The emails use deceptive means to try and trick you, like forging the sender’s name. Often, they ask for the ready to reply, send money to someone in distress or click on a web link to steal personal information. If you detect or expect suspicious activity, please be wary and never provide personal information to another IBS member. IBS staff and Board will NEVER ask for funds to be transferred in an insecure way.