Phishing scam: "Validation Required Within 48 Hrs"


There is a phishing email targeting the McGill community, with the subject "Validation Required Within 48 Hrs". The message asks recipients to update their contact information by clicking on a fraudulent link. See an example of this phishing 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.

Example of this phishing message:

Sender name & address: <seems to be a valid McGill person>
Subject: Validation Required Within 48 Hrs

Please change your Email-records here [fraudulent link] to reflect your new contact information and direct all future correspondence to the new storage update Database.

Thank you for your patience. Please feel free to contact our office [fraudulent link] with any questions.

Kindest regards,
The Team Help Center.

What to do when you receive a suspicious email

If you have received a phishing email or suspect that you have:

  1. Check the list of known IT Security Alerts
  2. If you don't see the one you received, itsupport [at] (contact the IT Service Desk) immediately to report it. Be sure to attach the suspicious message so they can verify its content.

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