Please beware of phishing emails circulating on campus that appear to be from either the President, Dean, Chair, Director or other senior management at Carleton University.  Often these messages will be sent from a free email service such as gmail or outlook, rather than a University provided email account.  The email address may include Carleton in the name, before the @ symbol.  The email message may also include the signatures of the person they are impersonating.

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

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.

How can you tell if emails or online posts are scams?

  • The sender asks to send money/or other form of money such as Bitcoin, gift cards, cheques, etc.
  • 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 your email identity now” or “Action  Required:
  • deposit your money, Start Claim” or “click on the link below”
  • There are spelling or grammatical errors in the email

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