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Phishing Gift Card Scam Targeting Universities  

According to an article by the Chronicle of Higher Education, scammers are targeting universities with phishing emails that appear to be from deans and department chairs. Phishers have posed as deans and department chairs, asking professors to purchase and send photos of gift cards for iTunes or Amazon.

Seton Hall has been targeted with the same type of phishing campaigns mentioned in this article in which phishers posed as deans and department chairs. Early in the exchange, the scammers often say they are "in a meeting”, but promise to reimburse the user soon. The sender's email address doesn't raise red flags because, in many cases, the scammers have created a fake email account that includes the name of the person they impersonate.

If you have received a similar email, the Department of Information Technology advises you to do the following:

  • Do not click on links in suspicious emails.
  • Do not reply or forward suspicious emails
  • Report phishing emails by clicking the "Report Phishing" button.
  • If you suspect your Seton Hall account is compromised, contact the Technology Service Desk immediately (

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For more information, please contact:

  • Technology Service Desk
  • (973) 275-2222