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Re: [Debconf-team] I need a letter of inviation to attend the event

On Mon, Mar 06, 2006 at 11:12:15PM +0000, Moray Allan wrote:
> On Mon, 2006-03-06 at 20:16 +0100, Meike Reichle wrote:
> > Hi Gunnar,
> > 
> > > Are you sure? The data looks legitimate. He is not yet on Comas, but
> > > today a second Nigerian (John Sunday) registered - and asked for help
> > > with the visa as well.
> > 
> > Pretty sure actually.
> > [...]
> > Taking that all together this looks *very* funny to me. Does your John
> > Sunday come with comparable credentials?
> I don't think it's spam as such, but I suspect it's a scam.  Not
> necessarily against us, but e.g. someone who currently can't get a visa
> to go to Mexico trying to get one by using a conference invitation as a
> pretext.  (If we provide any letters to unknown people -- probably not a
> good idea -- we ought at least to protect ourselves by making clear in
> them that the people remain responsible for their own expenses.)

we did that last year. we specified for how long we would feed
and host them and that outside that time we were not responsible
or related to them. it worked well and the authorities did not
create problems because of it.

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