Dear Department Members,
We are aware of fraudulent emails being sent to Department members from from the email address lakshmi.yatham.ubc.ca[at]gmail.com 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:
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 email@example.com as soon as possible.
If you have responded to this email and have concerns, please advise firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com, and advise of the possible breach of your account.