Community Alert - Email Phishing Scam
Posted: Friday, July 26th, 2019, 12:15 pm PDT
Stanford University Department of Public Safety (SUDPS) has received several reports of an email phishing scam. In several of these incidents, the email appears to be coming from a professor associated with Stanford University asking for assistance in purchasing gift cards.

The University Information Security Office is aware of these phishing scams and has reported information on their website, https://uit.stanford.edu/news/beware-gift-card-and-sextortion-email-scams

SUDPS recommendations:
- Be suspicious if you receive a text, email or phone call with a request to purchase a gift card.
- Any time an unsolicited conversation turns into a request to purchase gift cards or provide personal information, it is very likely to be a scam. If this happens via email, discontinue the conversation and forward the message to spam@stanford.edu.
- Be alert to anyone requesting or trying to pressure you into providing personal information such as social security numbers, addresses, credit information, birthdate, etc.

For additional information and safety tips on fraudulent schemes visit these University and Federal Trade Commission resources:
https://uit.stanford.edu/phishing/forwardspam
https://uit.stanford.edu/service/phishingawareness
https://uit.stanford.edu/emailcalendar/phishing
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2018/05/asked-pay-gift-card-dont
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft

Please do not hesitate to contact the SUDPS or your local law enforcement agency for assistance. The 24/7 non-emergency phone number for SUDPS is 650 329-2413.

This crime alert is being sent to you in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.