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2/7/19: Circulation of a New Phishing Email
February 7, 2019 1:39 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, 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.
THE PHISHING EMAIL LOOKS LIKE THIS:
From: Farrokh Alemi <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, February 7, 2019 11:15 AM
Subject: Hello [name of recipient]
I have an assignment I need you to do for me and this is really urgent and important, Do let me know if you can.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
*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 www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/index.html.
For additional information regarding the outage, please view the After Action Report.