The Office of Information systems has been notified of an email scam targeting our employees. These emails are coming from spoofed Gmail accounts. The perpetrators are creating relevant-looking Gmail accounts (Spoofs) of some supervisors, department heads, deans, and other leaders. If you receive an email from your Supervisor, Director, Dean, or Department Head asking you to send them your cell number or to purchase items for them, please do not respond to the email at all. If you get suspicious emails, especially from outside accounts, validate the email by contacting the person directly via your known contact information for that person; and if it is not legitimate, report it to the help desk (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Office of Information Security (email@example.com).
These emails tend to have some success, so please be diligent, review, and verify before acting on an email request from outside sources or even ATU email if it seems odd. We would also like to remind everyone that all emails coming from a non-ATU email address are marked with an external sender warring. (EXTERNAL SENDER. Only open links and attachments from known senders. DO NOT provide your username or password.) Please check https://ois.atu.edu/information-security/phishing/ for additional information.