Archive | January 17, 2019

“Are you available” scam (1/17/19)

The following scam is intended to trick its victims into communicating with the scammer; who will subsequently attempt to ask the victims into buying gift cards, wiring money, or perform other types of financial transactions. Notice the non-VCU email address, generic language, and abnormal request; all of which are signs of a scam. Please delete this message if you received it.


Date: Thu, Jan 17, 2019, 5:44 PM
Subject: Re: The Dean


Okay, My schedule is very tight and I need you to help me run an urgent errand..Can you help me get an amazon gift card online ? I’m still at the meeting,I will reimburse you when I get to office.I Need it sent to my neice who is celebrating her birthday today,Can you help me with this ?

On Thu, 17 Jan 2019 at 11:43 PM, YYYYYYYY <> wrote:
I was on my way home, but I just turned around and parked. Let me know how I can help. I am standing by.
On Thu, Jan 17, 2019, 5:41 PM Jean Giddens < wrote:

I’m in a meeting and that’s why i’m contacting you through here.I should have called you, but I can’t receive calls during the meeting.I don’t know when the meeting will be rounding up And i want you to help me out on something very important right now..Thanks

On Thu, 17 Jan 2019 at 11:39 PM, YYYYYYYY <> wrote:
Do you want me to call you?
On Thu, Jan 17, 2019, 5:39 PM YYYYYYYY < wrote:
Yes, I’m available.
On Thu, Jan 17, 2019, 5:03 PM Jean Giddens < wrote:
Hi are you available?

XXXX XXXXXXXX, Ph.D. <Redacted>
Professor and <Redacted>

<Address redacted>, Room <Redacted>
PO Box <Redacted>
Richmond, VA 23<reacted>

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The following is a scam in which the scammer has posed as the victim’s boss. The scam is asking the victim to purchase a couple of Google Play Gift cards. This is a scam, do not trust anyone asking you to buy gift cards. You can also look at the email address, it is actually sent from outside the organization.

If you have received an email like this please delete it.

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