Beware of phishing emails circulating on campus with subject of “Rafik Goubran’s invitation is waiting for your response”.  This is a phishing email and should be deleted immediately.

If you respond to these messages, you may be asked to purchase gift cards or bitcoins for the individual.

Do not accept invitation, do not send gift cards or other monies, and do not reply or respond to the message.

If you have already responded to this email, please contact the ITS Service Desk immediately.

Always be wary of unsolicited email that asks for personal information, or tries to convince you to click on a web link to update personal information or to purchase gift cards etc.  These are often phishing emails.

How can you tell if an email is a phishing attempt?

  • It appears to come from the Carleton University President, senior or other management, however the email address is not correct.
  • It has bad or unknown email addresses.
  • It ask you to purchase gift cards or bitcoins and then asks to send the details of the cards electronically.
  • It asks you for your password or directs you to a webform asking for your password
  • The subject line is in all caps
  • There is a call for immediate action – “download this now” or “confirm you email identity now” or “click on the link below”
  • There are spelling or grammatical errors in the email

Please visit our IT security page for more tips on protecting yourself online.