Employees: Be wary of emails seeking wire transfer requests despite name of sender

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November 30, 2016 by WVU Information Technology Services

Morgantown, W.Va. — Since Monday (Nov. 28), several employees have received fraudulent emails in which the sender’s address has been disguised as that of a high-ranking University official seeking assistance with a wire transfer. Faculty and staff who receive such emails should NOT respond but instead forward the email as an attachment to DefendYourData@mail.wvu.edu.

These emails are intended to trick recipients into sending money from some sort of official account. If you receive such an email, be aware it is likely a scam. Employees who handle University funds follow approved, familiar processes and should continue to abide by those. Odd requests such as those in the fraudulent emails should trigger skepticism and should be reported.