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Information Notice – Recent Phishing Email Attempts

Recent Phishing Email Attempts
October 16, 2019

What do I need to know?
UFV has recently been the target of email phishing attempts in which the email sender is impersonating a UFV Faculty, Staff and even executive member.

What do I need to do?
If you receive a suspicious email, do not respond. Contact the IT Service Desk immediately and forward a copy of the suspicious message for investigation.

Details:
Please be aware that several UFV Staff and Faculty members have received targeted emails which appear to be from another UFV contact, often from a management position. The message will claim to be from a UFV employee, however closer inspection of the sender email address reveals it is coming from gmail or another email provider. For example: firstname.lastname.ufv.ca@gmail.com.
The email will typically ask if you are available to perform a quick task and that the sender is only available over email. Once the sender has engaged in conversation, they will ask you to make a purchase or send money. They may use forceful language and ask for urgent response.

If you receive a suspicious message similar to this, do not respond. Instead, immediately report it to the IT Service Desk and forward a copy for investigation. If you are unsure of the authenticity of an email, it is good practice to confirm with the employee through another method, such as a phone call. No UFV faculty, staff or executive should ever make a request for you to send money through any means.

Still need more info?
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the IT Service Desk or call us at 604-864-4610.

Visit ufv.ca/its/security/current-scams to learn more.

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