14 Nov 2018
Beware of scam emails circulating
IT Services have been made aware of an increase of scam emails which have been circulating these past weeks with the following subject lines: ‘Are you on campus’, ‘Are you available’ and similar. The scammers appear to have researched who to target with these emails and mimic who the email is sent from.
This is a live threat, and staff members have responded to the emails. If you receive one, please delete it.
The details of the email are:
- They appear to come from a senior colleague within your School or Professional Service such as Dean or Head of Department displaying their name but using a personal email address;
- Initially, they ask if you are available to start the engagement;
- The scammer has an urgent request and can't be contacted by phone;
- They request you to purchase physical gift cards such as iTunes/Amazon on their behalf;
- And while previous emails have asked for £500 worth of vouchers, the most recent is asking for $500.
Do not respond to these emails and delete them upon receiving. If you have responded to the email, are in doubt over an email you have received, or need further advice, please contact IT Services (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For guidance to help spot phishing or scam emails, please refer to the IT security webpage.