Wire transfer scam (2/6/17)

The following email is a targeted phishing scam designed to trick its recipient into issuing a wire transfer to the scammer. In this scam, the scammer pretends to be a senior VCU administrator, and notifies the recipients, who usually reports to this administrator, of an upcoming wire transfer. Notice the generic email, non-VCU email address, and sense of urgency; all of which are tell tale signs of a scam. It is always a good idea to contact the senior administrator directly via phone or another alternate communications channel before responding to these requests. Please delete this email if you received it.


From: XXXXX XXXXXXX <paxxxxxxxx@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 9:42 AM
Subject: RE:
To: yyyyyyyy@vcu.edu

Are you available? I have an outgoing transaction i need you to expedite today. Let me know when to send the details to you.


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