Scammers are targeting everyone these days, including PPA members. The scammers have stepped it up a notch and are impersonating PPA staff. If it seems suspicious, it probably is. Here are some ways you can identify scams and avoid them:
Emails from PPA staff will come from a “@ppa.com” address. No one at PPA headquarters will email you from a public email domain like “@gmail.com” or “@yahoo.com.”
Scammers may call or email you and impersonate PPA staff. If you’re ever unsure about a call you receive, hang up and contact PPA’s Customer Care Center toll-free: (800) 786-6277. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm the communication you received is really from us.
PPA may call you about your membership dues, including auto payments on your credit card. You won’t make us feel bad if you tell us you’re going to hang up and call us back!
PPA’s Professional Photographer magazine will never email you to request a payment or money transfer for photo licensing or a subscription. If you receive a request of this nature, immediately block the sender and report it to PPA.
Never feel pressured to act immediately. Scammers often try to create a sense of urgency to persuade you to do something quickly. Be wary any time someone tries to convince you that you must act now. Take a moment to gauge the situation, ask for advice, and act accordingly. Protect your safety and security above everything else!
Stay safe and contact us if you have any concerns.