Phishing scam: "IT DESK: Police Emergency Scare on Campus"


Published: 28Mar2018

There is currently a phishing scam targeting the McGill community with the email subject "IT DESK: Police Emergency Scare on Campus". 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 on the left, and 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: IT DESK: Police Emergency Scare on Campus

Hello All,

Earlier Police emergency situation on Campus. Kindly go through REPORT  [fraudulent link] and endeavor to follow protocol outlined;


[McGill name and address]