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 @vcu.edu 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.

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From: A VCU Senior Official <xxxxxxxx@mail-company-suite.info>
Date: Wed, Nov 7, 2018 at 3:02 PM
Subject: Hello
To: Victim

 

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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