Green Mountain Club & The Bogus E-mail

Published Oct 1, 2013

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Our friends at the Green Mountain Club are above average in every way. Unfortunately, that's not the case with everyone else in the world.

Executive Director of the Green Mountain Club Will Wiquist says a bogus e-mail -- what appears to be a phishing scam -- was recently sent to an unknown number of people.

The Bogus E-Mail

  • Sent around Sunday, September 22, 2013
  • Appears to come from the Green Mountain Club
  • Subject Line: "News from Facebook"
  • References the GMC eBlaze newsletter and a $100,000 matching gift
  • Appeals for donations were NOT received or authorized by GMC

According to Will, "Please be aware that this is not an authorized communication from the Green Mountain Club and any payments made through PayPal were not given to the club. We are working to ... assure it can never happen again. We have asked PayPal to shut down this scam account and we have moved our website to a new server to further protect information."

Online contributions to the Green Mountain Club can only be made through web pages hosted by Convio/Blackbaud or on, hosted by Earthlogic.

This would be a dandy time to pop them a few bucks. If you were a victim of the scam, contact your bank immediately.

Click Here for the Green Mountain Club's Facebook Page

About the Green Mountain Club

GMC was established in 1910 and is the founder and maintainer of the Long Trail.


The mission of the Green Mountain Club is to make the Vermont Mountains play a larger part in the life of the people by protecting and maintaining the Long Trail System and fostering, through education, the stewardship of Vermont's hiking trails and mountains.


We are the non-profit that dreamed of creating a Long Trail along the Green Mountain ridgeline, thereby connecting mountain communities and providing access to Vermont's wild places. Today, we oversee over 500 miles of trail including the Long Trail System, new trails in the Northeast Kingdom, and the Appalachian Trail as is travels through Vermont from Georgia to Maine.


The Green Mountain Club exists thanks to folks who take the extra step to support the club through membership dues, donations, and volunteer time. The club relies on 1,000 dedicated volunteers every year, in additional to great seasonal trail crews and caretakers, to keep Vermont's hiking trails healthy and free to all.

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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.