Arkansas State President Kay Tatum of the United States Daughters of 1812 (U.S.D. 1812) presented a special award to U.S.D. 1812 State Treasurer Carol Sue Williams recently.

The award was for protection from an email scam of more than $4,000 in funding, according to a news release.

Williams received an email that seemed to come from Tatum advising her to send the money to a specific address.

“Williams, an experienced organizational treasurer, knew immediately it was a hoax and reported it to Tatum,” according to the release.

Tatum commended Williams and advised members about avoiding scams.

“Tatum warned that email scams are becoming more prevalent and all individuals, organizations and companies must be diligent and have safe guards to verify expenditures. She stated, ‘Please be aware that there are dangers out there that target our different Societies. I commend Carol Sue for her quick thinking and alerting me. Our money is in good hands’,” she said.

An email scam is an unsolicited email that claims the prospect of a bargain or something for nothing. Some scam messages ask for business. Others invite victims to a website with a detailed pitch. Many people have lost their life savings in this kind of fraud.

“Email scam is a form of email fraud. The scams are not just about just money withdrawal from bank accounts, but can include romance, identity theft, Social Security, rental listings from victims of natural disasters, college prep test scams, charities and utility scams,” according to the release.

For details on the most recent scams and how to avoid them, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website at .