I have had advice that members are receiving multiple spam emails that purport to be coming from other AP members, simply due to the email address matching an AP member's username.
Some AP members use a username that is the same as their email. So when the email arrives, the recipient recognises the username from Ausphotography, when it is really being picked up from the email address, not their AP username. It appears some email contact lists have been hacked that contain a lot of photographers email addresses. EG. AP member name is JoeBlowPhoto. Email address for the AP account is : JoeBlowPhoto@gnail.com. The hackers got hold of that email, so send out an email from a fake JoeBlowPhoto email address, thus it looks like it comes from the AP member.
Please be assured the Ausphotography system has not been hacked. What appears to have happened is that hackers have gained access to a group of emails and then used all the contacts in those emails to create new fake email address and then start spamming everyone on the contact lists of those emails. The mods and I have been receiving these emails from both AP usernames and non-member names. But always the email appears to be from someone known to the recipient whether that is an AP member or not.
The email has a title of Hi, or similarly.. Hi, How are you? etc
The email contains a link that always ends in the name of person who the email is supposedly from. Do not click the link.
example: Someone I have communicated with has saved my contact in their contact list as Ricktas. So then the hackers have gained access to that person's email or contact list. They have stolen the contact list, and created a new email called Ricktas@ (some web address), then they use the originally hacked accounts contact lists to email everyone from the new email address. So you receive an email that comes from ricktas@ some web address. The connection to Ausphotography is only that they used a contact name from a stolen email contact list that happens to be the same as my username on AP.
Because photographers in Australia tend to hang around with other photographers, these spam emails are doing the rounds of a lot of photographers at present.
As always use caution when dealing with emails from unknown sources, even if you think it could be from an AP member