Phishing scam: "An email update"


Published: 5Apr2018

There is currently a phishing scam targeting the McGill community with the email subject "An email update". The email contains a link to a fake security protocol readers are asked to follow. The FROM address appear to come from a McGill email address. View an example of the message below.

Please DO NOT click on the link or reply to the message. Delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source.

This email is a fraudulent attempt to gain access to your personal information. If you have already clicked on the link in this email and submitted any personal information, you should change your McGill Password as soon as possible. See the McGill Password Reset Checklist for instructions.

If you have received a phishing email or suspect that you have, please itsupport [at] (contact the IT Service Desk) immediately to report the phishing attempt.

Quick links:

Example of this phishing message:

Sender name & address: <looks like a McGill account>
Subject: An email update

Dear Office 365 User,

There is an ongoing update on all  office 365 user inconjuntion with server and we demand you to update you account for more security purpose to also keep your account saf


Click here [fraudulent link] to update and protect your account. You are to update your account before 24 hours to avoid  deactivation.


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