“Daniel and Maria were thrilled; they had just found the perfect conference to enjoy their munomance. It was far from their circuit, low key participation from MUN brands and was a very cheap deal. They arrived excited at the opening ceremony’s venue just to find out that there was no conference to happen because the organizers used the conference’s fees for personal reasons and not to prepare for the simulation. They enjoyed their trip even better but later when they would break up he would set up a conference online just to boycott hers and simply delete the pages a day before. He did so, avoided time behind the bars due to his good lawyers and never spoke of it. Later that year Maria would imitate his behavior by passing off huge conference’s debts to other people and leave a hell for them to deal with. Unfortunately, their mun story was inspiring to others who thought that it would be profitable to pretend acting as official partners of several high profiled institutions and convince airlines to give them a free long distance flight (plus two days stay at transit locations) in order to have a crisis simulation.
Some years later, Daniel would attempt to set up another innovative for his pocket conference, but logistical mishaps prevented that from happening. He never returned the money though. As for Maria, she tried to use Daniel’s name to open some doors as a MUN teacher but didn’t work out since Daniel had no previous MUN training experience.
The names are changed, the stories are real and the reference to a romance was made just to keep you reading. The moral though, of all these incidents is that scam simulations exist and unfortunately we need to know how to detect/ avoid them. By scam we mean situations with a lot of clues pointing to a monetary fraud, bad quality is a separate issue.
In simple words:
1)Transparency is the key: if no people are mentioned on web pages and from e-mail communications the answer is “the team” you have every right to refuse to proceed to payments;
2)Variety of payment methods: if only one exists, there is no flexibility and you don’t want to share money via an unsafe portal (in some countries not all methods are equally web safe) there’s a high chance you are walking to a scam;
3)More patrons that committees: The vague reference of “many valuable supporters” with no supporting documents can mean either that the IT person is lazy and hasn’t uploaded the appropriate info or that there are simply no affiliations, therefore, a scam;
4)Virgin edition: In some countries, MUN is not a thing and if you see an inaugural edition taking place without sufficient presentation of the activity, it has significant chances of being another scam.
5)Weird application: Extremely lot personal details for a delegate spot? Better stay away then…
6)Plagiarised template: Yes, true story has happened. If you see a well-known template being used in an almost not known conference then it is a scam one.
It’s not that difficult, and if you have any other criteria feel free to share!