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Gift Card Scam Text Message

Monday, September 27, 2021 - 10:30

Text Message starting a Gift Card Scam

Multiple people at UVA have reported that they have received a text message that looks like this: 

This is the beginning of a gift card scam!

Do NOT reply to this text message. 

If you're concerned that it is legitimate request from your "<UVA leader>" (e.g., your dean, department chair) then email or call that person using the contact information you already have.

Please report "smishing" (SMS phishing) to us by emailing

Learn more about gift card scams and how to avoid them by reading our past Security Tips at "Don't Get Gift Card Scammed" and "Gift Card Scams

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