UFV’s Cybersecurity team has received many reports of targeted phishing emails that impersonate UFV employees. This scam targets UFV employees in an attempt to get the recipient to purchase gift cards. These emails will start by asking for your personal phone number, or asking you to complete a quick task. Often the email mentions it is urgent, has a high priority, and should be done quickly. When you respond, the attacker will ask you to purchase gift cards.
If you receive such an email, DO NOT RESPOND, forward the email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do I need to do?
If you receive a suspicious email, do not respond. Instead, forward it to email@example.com. You can also reach out to your co-worker through known channels (like Teams, their UFV email, or their UFV phone number).
If you receive a text of this nature, do not respond or engage with the sender. You can also block the number (contact your carrier if you need assistance).
How can I check if an email is fraudulent?
- Check the sender (From:) address. In many cases, the scams come from Gmail addresses or other third-party sites. In Outlook, hover over (or click on) the contact name to reveal the full email address.
- Does the email have an external email tag in the subject line and footer? This indicates the email came from outside of UFV.
- Are there spelling, grammar, or punctuation mistakes? Does the wording and tone sound right?
- Does the email threaten or demand immediate action? If so, it’s likely a scam.
If you’re still unsure, forward the email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and our Cybersecurity team will let you know.
Still need more info?
If you need more information about email security, please reach out to email@example.com.