Phishing scam: Suspicious emails from McGill employees entitled "Quick Request"


Published: 18Feb2020

A variety of emails that look like they are coming from a McGill employee are targeting the McGill community.  Many have the subject "Quick Request" and ask if you are available.  If you reply back, you will be asked to perform an urgent task or send your cell phone number.

Staff should question the legitimacy of unusual emails, especially if the sender requests your personal information, cell phone number, money, or if there is a sense of urgency to make a purchase.  

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

These emails are a fraudulent attempt to gain access to your personal information and/or McGill institutional data. If you have already clicked on a link in these emails and submitted any personal information, you should call the IT Service Desk at (514) 398-3398 as soon as possible.  If no one is available to take your call you should change your McGill Password immediately. See the McGill Password Reset Checklist for instructions.  It is still important to follow up with the IT Service Desk after resetting your password to ensure that all the necessary actions have been taken.

If you have simply received a phishing email but have not clicked the link, please contact phishing [at] immediately to report the phishing attempt.

As a reminder: If you are unsure of the legitimacy of the email request, you should verify with the sender by contacting them directly using McGill's Global Address List (for McGill employees).

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