Archive | November 7, 2018

Purchase Request Scam (11/7/18)

The following scam attempts to trick its victims into replying to this email and buy gift cards for the scammer. The scammer in this case pretends to be an senior employee in the university making this request. If you examine the email closely, you will notice the sender’s email address is not a address at all. Once the victim is hooked by this scam, the scammer will ask the victim via email to purchase gift cards or other items. Please be aware of scams like this and report any suspicious messages to the VCU information security office.


From: A VCU Senior Official <>
Date: Wed, Nov 7, 2018 at 3:02 PM
Subject: Hello
To: Victim


I need you to purchase something for me.Kindly email me back as soon as possible.
Best regards.
Name of Senior VCU Official
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Flower Delivery, Phone Scam (11-7-19)

There has been reports of a phone scam making the rounds. Please be aware that while, most scams occur over email, they still can occur via phone. In this scam, the victim will receive a phone call from a flower company and they will claim that they have a delivery for you. The company will ask for when the victim will be out of office, so that they can figure out a good time to deliver the package to the victim.

This is the start of a scam, once the scammer knows when the victim will be out of office the scammer will attempt to impersonate the victim when they are out of office or use it as a way to confuse other office employees.

This scam was caught, when the victim asked for the scammer’s return phone number to call and asked why they needed that information. The number that the scammers gave to the victim was (949) 305-3247, which the victim looked up and saw that it was flagged as scammer’s phone #.

If you receive phone calls from numbers you do not know, please be wary. Most unsolicited calls are scammers so please choose carefully if you want to pick up a call from an unknown caller and be even more careful when listening to them.

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