The most recent email going around is a fake email to board members asking for gift cards falsely signed from the guild's president. However, nearly everything about the email is a clue something isn't right, starting with a bogus email address.
Scammers occasionally send out emails to soliciting money or gift cards under the guise of some emergency or help. You should ignore them.
Is the supposed sender's account compromised?
No. It's possible to prove that such letters did not originate from the supposed sender's computer.
How is this happening?
Likely it's is that one of the recipient's computers is compromised; malware is harvesting content such as the other recipient's email addresses or contact list and sending a form letter masquerading as a familiar face.
If you fell victim to a scam and lost money due to an IRS-related incident, you are asked to report the case to the Treasury Inspector General Administration (TIGTA) at https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml.
You may also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) through their Complaint Assistant at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/.
If a case number is required from your local police agency, contract your local police at a non-emergency number and request to file a report.
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