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Beware of gift card email scams

Author: tidBiTS

Posted on Jan 30, 2019

Category: General Interest , Tips and Tricks , IT Security

An email scam has recently been targeting UNB, appearing to come from a trustworthy UNB source such as a fellow faculty or staff member asking you to “do them a favour” and purchase gift cards on the university’s behalf. The email claims you’ll be reimbursed by UNB for the purchase.

Don’t get caught up in a gift card scam. If you receive an email like this:

  • Ask yourself: does the person requesting the gift cards have the authority to do so, or the authority to spend on UNB’s behalf?
  • Call the person to ask if the request is legitimate or not.
  • Call Financial Services to confirm if the request would be an eligible UNB expense to be reimbursed. UNB has a policy on the purchase of gift cards (please see the Expenditure Guidelines Policy in the UNB Policy Repository) which very much limits gift card purchases.

If you’re ever unsure about the legitimacy of an email, please contact the IT Service Desk and we’ll help you determine if it’s safe.

Learn how to recognize email scams and protect yourself and the university from cybersecurity threats by completing UNB’s cybersecurity awareness training (Beauceron) for faculty/staff and students.