Warning: International Alumni Association

We have recently been made aware that an organisation calling itself the International Alumni Association (or alternatively the Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni/WANA or Victoria International Alumni) has been contacting alumni from Victoria University of Wellington and other New Zealand institutions offering a professional alumni network service for a fee. This is a known scam.

Please be cautious and vigilant of any online advertising via Facebook, Facebook messages and/or unsolicited emails using our branding/logo you may receive from this organisation.

Victoria University of Wellington would like to clarify that the International Alumni Association activity is not aligned with our ongoing alumni engagement programme. The Victoria University of Wellington alumni community is open to all of our graduates, providing events, communications and networking opportunities with no membership fee.

According to the information we have received, the International Alumni Association operates in the following ways:

  • Sends unsolicited Facebook messages and/or emails
  • Asks you to complete an online form and provide your personal details online
  • Calls from overseas (often from the USA) to conduct a ‘qualification interview’
  • Solicits payments over the phone via credit card to join their association

If you have any queries or concerns regarding Victoria University of Wellington alumni communications please contact us at alumni@vuw.ac.nz.