ATHENS, GA (March 9, 2016) – Dear NPPA Members, 

We value your membership, want you to be successful in your business endeavors, and don’t ever want you to become the victim of suspicious Internet activity. That’s why we’re letting you know that several members were recently contacted through the contact forms on their nppa.org public profiles that are part of the "Find A Visual Journalist" section of our Web site. Those members received a suspicious message expressing a “need for photography service” and that the sender is “awaiting your response.”

We do not believe this person actually needs your services. They more than likely want your personal information. For this reason, we discourage you from responding. We suggest approaching all business endeavors with people you do not know with an appropriate level of caution. 

We are rapidly exploring ways to avoid these types of spam from reaching you in the future. We want to emphasize that the security of our database, servers, were not compromised, and your information is still held safely by NPPA. If you have any further questions, concerns or suggestions regarding this or anything else, please contact us at: [email protected] We’d love to hear from you.