Fraudulent Email Alert – DO NOT RESPOND TO OR ENGAGE



Dear Department Members,

We are aware of fraudulent emails being sent to Department members from from the email address[at] which is an unknown Gmail account. PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO, ENGAGE WITH, OR SEND PERSONAL INFORMATION TO THIS EMAIL.

Such emails are referred to as “CEO frauds” and are designed to impersonate people of authority, such as heads, deans, directors, VPs, and even the UBC President. These emails generally lead to a gift card scam, wire transfer scam, or another similar type of scam.

Gift Card scam: If the recipient replies to the email, the sender proceeds to ask the recipient to buy some gift cards (iTunes, Steam, Amazon, etc), scratch the back of the cards, and then send the codes on the back of the cards over to the sender.

Wire Transfer Scam: These emails are more targeted, usually to someone in a finance role. The sender attempts to get the recipient to arrange a fraudulent wire transfer.

How to spot CEO Fraud:

  • The sender email address looks suspicious.
  • The sender claims to be unavailable to discuss the request via phone or in person.
  • The sender asks to make a purchase for them (usually gift cards).
  • The request for the task is urgent.
  • The recipient is asked to pay out of pocket and is promised to be reimbursed for the purchase later.

As a rule of thumb, if you receive any unusual or out-of-the-ordinary requests by email from fellow Department or UBC members, do not reply to the email. Instead, please bring this to my attention, or email Colin Bryant at as soon as possible.

If you have responded to this email and have concerns, please advise as soon as possible.

If you think you may have submitted personal information or your UBC CWL/login account credentials to any an illegitimate party, please go to myAccount to change your password immediately. As well, forward a copy of the email including full headers to, and advise of the possible breach of your account.



Margaret Koshi
Manager, Communications and Partnerships
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia
Phone 604 822 2142 | Fax 604 822 7756