Phishing scam: "Email Update!"

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There is a phishing email targeting the McGill community, with the subject "Email Update!" and signature "@Office.365 Email! member services". The message asks recipients to stop the process of deleting and closing their account 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.

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

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Example of this phishing message:

Sender name & address: <looks like a valid McGill person>
Subject: Email Update!

Hello @Office.365 User,

We received your instruction to empty all your Inbox and Sent Folders

We will Delete & Close Your Account Within 24 hours

You need to confirm if you made this request or we will continue with the request.

If you think it is an error, take action immediately to stop this process. Cancel and stop this action now by

 

CLICKING HERE (this is the fraudulent link)

Sincerely,
@Office.365 Email! member services.