An international scam is targeting speakers and delegates at international conferences and workshops.

Attendees receive a phone call claiming to be from the institution with the aim of obtaining your bank details. They claim to require your information to arrange your accommodation.

They are reported to be very convincing, plausible and persistent, calling repeatedly.

Do not, in any circumstance, give your bank details to them.

The International Centre for Mathematical Sciences have been affected by this, with scammers pretending to act on their behalf, and have released the following statement via their website:

We are aware of a very convincing scam targeting participants in mathematical research events. These scammers may telephone you and tell you that they are organising accommodation in Edinburgh for you on behalf of ICMS. Please do not talk to them. ICMS will never telephone you to ask you for payment details. ICMS does NOT use third parties to arrange accommodation. If you are approached by a third party (e.g. Business Travel Management) asking for booking or payments details, please ignore. If you have any concerns please contact ICMS.