This is rich! Scientists living “High on the Hog” pushing the MMGW/climate-change fraud, now find themselves victims of fraud. Ironic ain’t it.
We should applaud these fine upstanding folks for putting a hurt……..if only minor, on these criminals that are destroying our economies and countries with their phony science.
May I live long enough to see them all behind bars where they belong.
I’m talking about the climate fraudsters, not the ones burning them for hotel fees.
Climate scientists targeted for fraud
By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC News
Fraudsters are targeting climate scientists with fake conferences in a bid to make cash and obtain details.
Scientists are sent e-mail invitations and directed to a fake conference website – often written using language taken from real scientific meetings.
Typically they are told their travel costs will be refunded – but they have to pay first to reserve a hotel room.
London appears to be their venue of choice, with some invitations imitating the names of top hotels.
One currently live website advertises a conference in Febuary, run by the “Global Warming Volunteer Group” and claiming to “focus on the risks and opportunities posed to society by global warming and… promote the exchange of ideas and learning across the Globe”.
The venue is given as the Crown London Hotel – whose address is the same as the real-life Crowne Plaza, just round the corner from Buckingham Palace.
Staff at the Crowne Plaza confirmed they have had at least one call enquiring about the non-existent conference.
The design of the website closely matches that of another supposed London-based conference, this time organised by the “Climate Change Working Group”, scheduled for late January at an address in North London that is actually a pet shop.
Together with Langston James “Kimo” Goree VI, of the International Institute for Sustainable Development in New York, Lee Schipper recently circulated an e-mail to people in the climate change community warning of the scams.
Mr Goree runs a reporting service called the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, which gives detailed accounts of proceedings in fora such as the UN climate summits.
“The scammers have lifted entire portions of the IISD website, doing a search and replace to find IISD and replace it with their own fake name and creating a fake website that they use to fool people into believing that they are legitimate,” he said.
“The fake website is very cleverly done… they do speak the ‘lingo’ fluently.”
This is borne out by the “Global Warming Volunteer Group” website, which boasts a scientific programme and a “peer-review” panel to decide which talks to feature, says that proceedings will be published in a scientific journal, and claims a hook-up with the real-life Carbon Zero Project to make the conference carbon neutral.
The “conference” claims to be sponsored by companies such as energy giant BP, accountants PriceWaterhouse Coopers and the National Australia Bank – as well as the “Crown London Hotel”.
There are some indications of fakery, though, including citing the UK Government’s Department of Climate Change – which does not exist – as a supporter.
A spokesman for BP told the BBC: “We can find no evidence that BP is a sponsor or otherwise connected with the conference advertised on this website.
“We are attempting to contact the organisers for clarification, and our trademarks team will also be checking the website’s use of our company name and logo.”