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Phishing scam related to Share-file

Beware of emails circulating related to file sharing systems asking you to access a document shared by a McGill person, who may even be one of your contacts.

The latest one reported references "Share-file" and contains the subject "Request from xxxxxx", and contains a link to "Download Documents". It looks very convincing, with a valid-looking McGill signature.

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Published: 6 Dec 2018

Phishing scams related to SharePoint file sharing - Subject "Review Paperwork"

Watch out for emails with a generic title, such as "Review Paperwork" and links to "View Document", "Open Document", etc. These types of emails appear to notify you of a document that is being shared with you from SharePoint or other cloud file sharing services. Don't be fooled.

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Published: 28 Nov 2018

Bitcoin extortion email scam - contact IT Service Desk

Watch out for emails that claim they have stolen your password and hacked into your your computer to "watch" you and record your data. They typically threaten to send videos of you watching porn to your contacts unless you "pay up" by transferring bitcoin into an account. You can view an example below.

If you receive such an email, please...

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Published: 15 Nov 2018

Phishing scam: "ORDER CONFIRMED"

There is a new phishing scam to watch out for entitled "ORDER CONFIRMED" with a fraudulent link to DOWNLOAD RECEIPT. View a screenshot of the message below.

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Published: 30 Oct 2018

Multiple phishing scams: Various subject lines, including “Update your Office 365 now to Avoid Fraudulent Act”

At this time of year, McGill faces an increased level of phishing attacks targeting our community. It is important to be vigilant of hacking attempts.

Presently, there are multiple phishing scams targeting the McGill community. One email’s subject line is “Update your Office 365 now to Avoid Fraudulent Act” and its body contains a link to open a message. View a screenshot of the message to the left, or view the text version below.

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Published: 31 Aug 2018

Phishing scam: "Office-365 Team" -- confirm the Address

There is currently a phishing scam targeting the McGill community with the email subject "Re: Office 365 Team" from "Administrators Team". The message asks the recipient to click on a fraudulent "Confirm" link to confirm the "Address associated".  View a screenshot of the message to the left, or view the text version below.

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Published: 25 Jul 2018

Phishing scam: "Email Verification"

There is currently a phishing scam targeting the McGill community with the email subject "Email Verification" from "Microsoft Online Services". Users are asked to click on a fraudulent "validate" link in order to confirm their identity and prevent login interruptions to their email account.  View an example of the message below.

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Published: 11 Jul 2018

Phishing scam: "from robin.williams@ stonybrook.edu"

There is currently a phishing scam targeting the McGill community from robin.willams @stonybrook.edu about information from the McGill Information Centre. Users are asked click on "log-on" for more info. View an example of the message below. 

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Published: 20 Jun 2018

Phishing scam: "Library Account Expiration"

There is currently a phishing scam targeting the McGill community about library accounts expiring soon. The email invites users to click on a link to "reactivate their account". View an example of the message below. 

McGill's information security team has prevented the attack from reaching most McGill inboxes, and the fraudulent link has been blocked from the McGIll network; however, it is still active from outside our network.

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Published: 20 Jun 2018

Phishing scam: "ATTENTION"

There is currently a phishing scam targeting the McGill community with the email subject "ATTENTION". The email invites users to click on a link to "update for our new  McGill University improved MailBox". View an example of the message below. 

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Published: 20 Jun 2018

Phishing scam: "myCourses Access"

There is currently a phishing scam targeting the McGill community with the email subject "myCourses Access". The email contains a fraudulent link to a page that looks like the myCourses login page. View an example of the message below. 

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Published: 7 May 2018

Phishing scam: "McGill University -Vice-Principal Office"

There is currently a phishing scam targeting the McGill community with the email subject "McGill University -Vice-Principal Office". The email contains a fraudulent link to a message from the Vice-Principal's Office that users are asked to click on. View an example of the message below.

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Published: 2 May 2018

Phishing scam: "Access Error"

There is currently a phishing scam targeting the McGill community with the email subject "[Email Portal] Accesss Error". The email contains a link to a fake account reset page readers are asked to follow. The sender appears as McGill University but has an email address that is external. View an example of the message below.

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Published: 24 Apr 2018

Phishing scam: "An email update"

There is currently a phishing scam targeting the McGill community with the email subject "An email update". 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 below.

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Published: 5 Apr 2018

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

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.

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Published: 28 Mar 2018

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