The Weinberg Foundation is aware of a fraudulent email that has been disseminated as part of a so-called “phishing” or email “spoofing” scheme to fraudulently solicit donations.

The message indicates that the Weinberg Foundation is connected with an appeal for a young boy who needs medical treatment. We know that this email has been sent to Israel Mission Alumni, but we want to share this alert proactively should anyone else receive such an email. The Weinberg Foundation has no knowledge of this campaign, nor would the Foundation ever solicit donations. The Foundation continues to investigate this matter, with the goal of preventing similar incidents.

Phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and money), often for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. In this case, the perpetrator has used source emails which appear to be from the Weinberg Foundation, but which are not. Phishing is typically carried out by means including email spoofing, often directing users to enter personal information at a fake website (or a donation portal—even one that is legitimate, in this case Paypal).

Please disregard any such emails you receive, and please do not make a donation, which may expose you to an even greater fraud risk. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.