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Gift Card Phishing Scam

UVA Information Security would like to bring to your attention an ongoing phishing scam targeting UVA employees. The scam appears to come from someone in a leadership role at the University, and asks the employee for help with purchasing various gift cards (e.g., Amazon, iTunes). The email typically refers to these as “urgent purchases,” and asks the employee to only email their response because the sender is occupied and currently unable to take calls.

The scam will then continue with the sender asking the employee to email the gift card number, typically via a follow-up email. Please remember that, just like credit card numbers, gift card numbers should NEVER be sent via email.

If you receive this message, DO NOT respond or click any links. Please forward the message to [email protected] and then delete the message from your inbox.

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