Scam Emails Circulating
1:31PM, 14 November 2018
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’ and 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 them, if you receive one please delete it.
The details of the email are:
- The emails appear to come from a senior colleague within your school or professional service such as Dean of School 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.
- While previous emails have asked for £500 worth of vouchers the most recent is in fact asking for $500.
Do not respond to these emails and delete them upon receiving. If you remain in doubt over an email contact IT Services.
If you have responded to the email and/or for further advice, please contact IT Services (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Or for email spam guidance to help spot a phishing email please refer to http://www.lboro.ac.uk/services/it/staff/security/phishing/