Scam Warning: Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni (WANA)

26 October 2017

We have recently been made aware an organisation calling itself Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni (WANA) has been contacting Waikato University alumni and other NZ 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.

The University of Waikato would like to clarify that the WANA activity is not aligned with our on-going alumni engagement programme. The Waikato alumni community is open to all graduates of Waikato, providing events, communications and networking opportunities with no membership fee.

According to the information we have received, WANA operates in the following ways

  • Sends unsolicited Facebook messages and/or emails (see below for an example of a scam email)
  • Asks you to complete an online form and provide your personal details online
  • Calls from overseas (USA/North America) to conduct a “Qualification Interview"
  • Solicits payments over the phone via credit card to join their University Alumni Association
28 February 2018

Below is an example of an unsolicited scam email from WANA.

Official Waikato Alumni Communication

Regular email communication to our alumni community will be sent from our central email account - Any calling campaigns of the University will always be promoted on our website Waikato staff will never call from overseas and ask for your credit card information over the phone or via email.

Updating your Alumni Details Online

The only online platform used to collect your alumni contact information is This form is secured and encrypted for your protection.

Get in touch

If you have any queries or concerns regarding University of Waikato alumni communications please contact us at or +64 7 838 4348.

Aimee Burness, Alumni Relations Advisor
on behalf of the Alumni Relations Team, University of Waikato