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Massage Today
July, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 07

News in Brief

By Editorial Staff

E-Mail Scam Targets Massage Therapists

Most people who use e-mail are familiar with "spam:" unsolicited e-mail advertising everything from computer software to prescription drugs.

While e-mail spam is usually easy to identify through such means as misspelled words and strange symbols, some spam is becoming increasingly sophisticated in look and content, targeting unsuspecting victims for financial gain. One of the latest scams targets massage therapists.

The message is marked from "Mr. Mandla Ndlovu" in Pretoria, South Africa, and is just one of many Internet Nigerian e-mail scams soliciting "business" partners as indicated in the subject line: "Request for partnership in investing in massage therapy centre, medical spa & cosmetics laser center." The body of the e-mail refers to the recipient as a "holistic health practitioner, Oriental bodywork professional and a certified massage therapist" and ultimately requests personal contact for further "partnership" details.

For more information on Nigerian e-mail scams or to report a crime related to an e-mail scam, visit the U.S. Secret Service Web site at


AMTA President-Elect Steps Down

AMTA President-Elect Jeanne Girard has resigned from her position on the board of directors, citing personal reasons. "I want to assure you that all day-to-day operations of AMTA and all Board meetings are continuing on schedule," said President Mary Beth Braun in an e-mail message to members. AMTA's regularly scheduled national elections will take place in the fall/winter 2005 and will serve to fill Girard's position, as well as all other vacated and completed term positions. Immediate Past-President Laurel J. Freeman and Braun will continue in their positions through Feb. 28, 2007.

LANA Applications Due

Massage therapists interested in taking the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) Fall 2005 Lymphedema Therapist Certification Examination must have completed applications to LANA by Sept. 20, 2005. Therapists will be able to sit for the examination between Oct.10-29, 2005, at the LaserGrade testing site closest to them. Applications received after the due date will be considered for the Spring 2006 exam. For more information, visit or e-mail .


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