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12/5/18: Circulation of a New Phishing Email

December 5, 2018 1:25 PM

A new phishing email is circulating the George Mason University community. This is a copy of the latest phishing email. If you get this message, DO NOT reply, DO NOT click any links, DO NOT open any attachments and DO NOT provide any personal information.
Delete the bogus email. We never ask for this information via email. The Email Group is working on the list of who received the email and is closing the accounts of those who responded to it.


From: Rodger Smith [] 
Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2018 12:13 PM
Subject: RE: Are you on campus
I need you to help me get iTunes Gift cards from the store, I will reimburse you back when I get back to the office.
Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

On Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 6:12 PM, Rodger Smith
<> wrote:
I'm in a meeting right now and that's why I°¶m contacting you through here. I should have called you but phone is not allowed to be used during the meeting. I don't know when the meeting will be rounding off and I want you to help me out on something very important right away.
Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

On Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 6:10 PM, aduval
<…> wrote:
Yes, I am currently available. I am currently in the Comm Grad Office
From: Rodger Smith [] 
Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2018 12:03 PM
To: a…u
Subject: Are you on campus
Are you available  

BE AWARE: Messages of this type are malicious phishing* attacks. Do not respond. If you have responded contact the ITS Support Center at 703-993-8870 or via email at 

*Phishing is a term used by hackers who imitate legitimate companies and organizations in emails to entice users to share passwords, Social Security numbers, credit card or bank account numbers. 

The Federal Trade Commission warns that victims of phishing can become victims of identity theft and offers tips on how to avoid it at  

For additional information regarding the outage, please view the After Action Report.

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