University of Limerick Alumni targeted in social media 'scam'

Association says membership is free

David Hurley

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University of Limerick Alumni targeted in social media 'scam'

THE University of Limerick Alumni Association has issued a warning after it was alerted to a social media scam which is targeting its members.

The association, which has contacted members in recent days, says all graduates of UL are automatically enrolled as lifetime members at no cost. 

“This is a scam, it’s not unique to us and we want to make it clear that membership of our association is completely free and that we would never ask for money,” said Majella O’Connell, executive director of the UL Alumni Association who added that graduates of UL are not the only people being targeted.

“It’s part of a global scam that is targeting many many universities including our own. There were ads circulating on Facebook and Linked in encouraging alumni of any university to contact them to join their association and they were targeting their communication based on the information that individual alumni would have offered on their social media profiles,” she told the Limerick Leader.

While all members of the UL Alumni association have been advised of the scam, it is understood only a small number of UL graduates have been directly targeted.