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Cyber Security Alert: Gift Card Scams


Our campus is being targeted by gift card scam phishing attacks. This type of attack is becoming more common, so we as a campus must remain vigilant to prevent them.

These gift card scam phishing attacks usually begin with an email that will impersonate a dean or manager at UTHSC using a Gmail account. The scammer will create a sense of urgency and ask if you are available and try to get your cell phone number. The scammer will then ask you to purchase gift cards for various retailers and request that you send them the card numbers.

If you receive an email like this, please forward it to abuse@uthsc.edu. Please visit https://www.uthsc.edu/its/cybersecurity/phishing.php for more information on phishing attacks and see some examples on these gift card scams.