IT Security

Beware of a recent phishing scam that is circulating: It appears to be sent from a McGill user’s account with the subject "[name of McGill user] is inviting you to collaborate on [McGill username]". The email asks the recipient to click “Open” on a fraudulent link.

If you receive this or a similar message, please DO NOT click on the link or reply to the message. If you receive content from people you do not know or from whom you do not expect to receive messages, delete the email immediately.

Classified as: IT security alerts, email scams, phishing, IT Alerts
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Published on: 12 Jul 2021

Beware of a recent phishing scam that is circulating from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) with the subject "Constant Contact".  The email asks the recipient to click on fraudulent links which then downloads a malicious file to your device. 

Classified as: IT security alerts, email scams, phishing, IT Alerts
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Published on: 3 Jun 2021

There is a phishing email targeting the McGill community from J.D. xxxx, Prof. asking you to migrate to the New 2021 Microsoft Outlook Web Portal.  See an example of the message to the left. The example we received says,

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"All Staff are expected to migrate to the New 2021 Microsoft Outlook Web Portal to enable access to the below, click here [fraudulent link] to migrate immediately.

Classified as: IT security alerts, email scams, phishing
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Published on: 31 May 2021

There is a phishing email targeting the McGill community with the subject "Login Attempt".  See an example of the message to the left. The example we received says,

"Dear user,

We recently encountered an unauthorized attempt to sign in to your email account. It is recommended that you validate your email account to keep it safe. 

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Please help us keep your account safe.

Best regards,

Center for information and media services

McGill University"

Classified as: IT security alerts, email scams, phishing
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Published on: 30 Apr 2021

There is a phishing email targeting the McGill community, from "xxxxx [at] aesd.net" with the subject "McGILL University is presently transiting from office365 to outlook web application (OWA). Kindly click the link below for update from our transition department about your mailbox.".  

The email asks the recipient to click on a fraudulent link "#####". See an example of the message to the left.

Classified as: IT security alerts, email scams, phishing
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Published on: 3 Mar 2021

There is a phishing email targeting the McGill community, from "xxxxx [at] monroe.k12.mi.us" with the subject "RE: Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Information!". The email asks the recipient to click on a fraudulent link "MFAI". See an example of the message to the left.

Classified as: IT security alerts, email scams, phishing, Two-factor authentication (2FA)
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Published on: 2 Mar 2021

There is a phishing email targeting the McGill community from "mcgill.ca-Xerox-03 <xxx [at] nucleus.com>".  The message appears to be coming from a McGill Xerox scanner and includes a clickable link to view a fax.  See an example of the message to the left.

Classified as: IT security alerts, email scams, phishing
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Published on: 18 Feb 2021

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