I just got the following false email, supposedly from easychair.org (220.127.116.11):
We're disappointed to inform you that the Moodle Research Conference for 2014 is being cancelled. Despite your contributions and our best efforts to promote the event, we did not receive a sufficient number of paper submissions to create a robust program and proceedings.
We know that you invested substantial time in writing your submission and hope that you will have an opportunity to publish your work in another venue. We are considering how to reshape future Moodle Research Conference for higher participation.
If you have already registered for the conference, we will be contacting you separately regarding refunds.
Please confirm your receipt of this message to Abbe Altman (email@example.com).
Michael de Raadt and John Whitmer,
Be aware in case you receive a similar message.
I realise I may be taking a serious risk in posting this.
@Dawn, is it possible you can type just a little bit too fast for your own good? Maybe you need a keyboard free hobby.
Just thinking . . .
Now back to my serious work
Yes, it is spam. I'd say that someone is doing it to flood the people involved in the MRC with emails asking about this "cancellation", because the referenced names and email address are real.
Really sorry to hear that!
Being so usual the fact that spammers send from one address and require people to answer/go to another, it seemed odd that the message came from an, apparently, unrelated domain, then I assumed that the domain's server had an open mail relay and someone was taking advantage of it.
Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.
-W. Clement Stone