Cancer care

Scam conference operators still targeting oncologists


An Australian oncologist says he has been contacted by a fake oncology conference organiser using a stolen identity.

A person claiming to the program manager for the “23rd Global Annual Oncologists Meeting” to be held during July 15-16, 2019 in Yokohama, Japan, used Linkedin to try contact Professor Henry Woo, Professor of Robotic Cancer Surgery & Director Uro-Oncology at Chris O Brien Lifehouse, Sydney.

However Professor Woo says the profile for “Olivia Junge” appears to be fake and is using a stolen identity of a model whose photograph is used a stock image of a “Pretty Polish Woman.”

The profile is attributed to Conference Series, part of the India-based OMICS group that has been accused of being a predatory publisher as well as organiser of fake conferences.

In 2017 the Conference Series group was accused of staging a ‘scam’ oncology conference in Melbourne.

The “Asia Pacific Oncologists Annual Meeting 2017” had claimed to be featuring pathologist Dr Michael Bilous, conjoint professor at the University of Western Sydney, chairing a session on HER2 testing.

However Dr Bilous told the limbic he had never agreed to take part in the event and demanded his name be removed from advertising.

Conference Series is advertising several other oncology conferences in Australia in 2019, including “Oncology Nursing and Cancer Care”  (July 29-30, Melbourne) and “Frontiers in Cancer Research and Therapy” (October 21-22, 2019 Melbourne) . The company has been approached for comment.

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