A new phishing email is circulating the George Mason University community. This is a copy of the latest phishing email. If you get this message, DO NOT reply, DO NOT click any links, and DO NOT provide any personal information. Delete the bogus email. We never ask for this information via email. The Email Group is working on the list of who received the email and is closing the accounts of those who responded to it.
THE PHISHING EMAIL LOOKS LIKE THIS:
From: Faculty Agent <email@example.com>
Date: September 5, 2017 at 10:14:58 AM EDT
Subject: Re: Interested in job
I am pleased to offer you the position to work as my PA. I am very excited about the potential you and your ability to work will bring to the table and I expect you to start immediately if you agree to work with me. As discussed in my initial email, You will begin your job duties which is mailing letters, making bill payments and replying emails on my behalf.
Your compensation package includes a weekly salary of 550, full medical and dental coverage through my company's employee benefit plan, and fringe benefits which I will discuss upon my arrival.
FIRST TASK AND INSTRUCTION.
Your first task will be a way for me to test your ability to work as a proper PA for me and see if you can meet my schedule demands.
Funds for your first assignment will be sent via your email through an Electronic Bank check. E-check is a funds delivery service that endorses and guarantees check delivery faster through email instead of waiting for it via mail. There is no stamps or envelops or going to the mail box/Post office. Just log into your email, Click, Download and print the check.
After the funds has been printed, It can be deposited immediately and all tasks can proceed without stress.
Right now, you will only need to purchase a Business Check Paper for printing of the check, it's sold for ($10) at any Stationery store's,Office Depot or Staples or ordered online via amazon for next day delivery. I will re-reimburse you for the cost of supplies. Get the Business Check Paper today then email me . Please Note that you need a Printer OK?.
In order for you to receive your fee, take the payment to your bank and have it DEPOSITED in your bank account for 24 hours and the funds would be available the very next business day. Email me a copy of the Deposit Slip If you can and make an ATM deposit if it happens that you didn't receive the package on time before the bank closes so that the funds can be available the next day to complete the assignment on time. Once funds are Deposited I will send you the Instructions
In accepting my offer of employment, you certify your understanding that your employment will starts now, and that neither you nor me have entered into a contract regarding the terms or the duration of your employment until my arrival. As an at-will employee, you will be free to terminate your employment with me at any time, with or without cause or advance notice. Likewise, I also have the right to reassign you, or to terminate your employment at any time, with or without cause or advance notice if you are not capable of carrying our the tasks and assignments assigned to you by me.
Please reply email or text to confirm the paper purchase for proceedings..
BE AWARE: Messages of this type are malicious phishing* attacks. Do not respond. If you have responded contact the ITS Support Center at 703-993-8870 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Phishing is a term used by hackers who imitate legitimate companies and organizations in emails to entice users to share passwords, Social Security numbers, credit card or bank account numbers.
The Federal Trade Commission warns that victims of phishing can become victims of identity theft and offers tips on how to avoid it at www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/index.html.