Phishing scam: "Office365 E-mail Verification On The Containment Box"


There are multiple phishing emails targeting the McGill community, with the subject "Office365 E-mail Verification On The Containment Box"" and signature "IT Help Desk Office of Information Technology." The message contains a link to  Validate Email Account. Click the screenshot at the left to view a sample of the message; the text of the message is displayed 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 report it, by sending the message as an attachment to phishing [at] immediately.

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Example of this phishing message:

Sender name & address: <looks like a valid McGill person>
Subject: Office365 E-mail Verification On The Containment Box

This is to notify all Students, Staffs of  University that we are validating active accounts.
Kindly confirm that your account is still in use by clicking the validation link below:

Validate Email Account [fraudulent link]


IT Help Desk
Office of Information Technology