IT Security Alert: Financial Aid Email Phishing Scam


A phishing attempt is circulating, with the Subject line: "Apply for Financial Aids", and Sender: "student.aid [at]". A sample email is shown below.  

Please delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source.

It is a fraudulent attempt to gain access to your personal information. McGill never solicits any such information by email. If you have already clicked on any of the links in this, email and submitted your personal information, you need to change your McGill Password as soon as possible. See Change your McGill Password for instructions.

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Sample phishing scam: 

Dear Students of McGill University

We are considering some of our top students to receive financial aid. Navigating the payment and financial aid process is a very important part of your college career and we are here to help you. Reaching every student by helping you achieve your educational goals and academic success is our priority by assisting you with your financial needs.  All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid EVEN IF YOU DON'T THINK YOU WILL QUALIFY.  Financial Aid is designed to be used as a supplemental income for your educational expenses.  Please note: it may not cover your total expenses.

You are not required to apply it now, but you are encouraged to do so as it is a chance to you.  If you wish to apply your account, I have added the instructions below.

·         Go to Office of Scholarship and Financial Aids <link removed>
·         Enter your username and password
·         Once you have successfully signed in, we have received your information and you can be assured that can be regarded as one of the students for receiving financial aids.

You can find information about scholarship and financial aid here:

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Also, there are some opportunities for students here:

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