If you received a message on Friday, July 12th that looks like the one below, it was a phishing attempt. This was obviously a fake message just by looking at the email address it originated from and the language that was used. We received 123 of these messages and blocked the address after that.
Please remain skeptical when receiving emails from high level officials or colleagues that don’t quite make sense or match a typical conversation you might have with them. We will definitely see more scams like this in the future, so be on the lookout.
FAKE EMAIL FROM FRIDAY:
From: Robert H. Sandel <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, July 12, 2019 3:10 PM
To: HelpDesk <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I’m stuck in a seminar right now and I need your assistance which I will appreciate your help a lot. Kindly drop your cell phone number to send you a text message.
Dr. Robert H. Sandel
Virginia Western Community College
END FAKE EMAIL