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IT Services Alerts - Spoof email in circulation, December 7th

First Posted: Monday, 7 December 2020, 5pm

IT Services has received reports of a spoof email in circulation that is targeting staff in Trinity and that appears to come from your colleague but is actually coming from a scammer.

Please ignore this email should you receive it as it is fraudulent and is part of a well-known phishing scam that has been going around Trinity and other universities. The subject of the email can vary - it may be “FYI..” or "REQUEST" or similar. The email is often followed by another one asking the target for Amazon/iTunes or other online retailers’ gift cards.

This email should be deleted. If you have replied to this email please report it to the IT Service Desk at the earliest opportunity.

An overview of the email content is provided below. If you would like to know more about phishing attempts please see our overview of phishing.

IT Services


Subject: FYI..

Email 1:

Are you free ? let me know..

Email 2:

sorry am putting this to you,I am tied up right now, Can you help me purchase an iTunes gift card 6pieces £100 each? I would reimburse you when I am through here. let you know also i would prefer to call you but can't receive or call at the moment with my line