Friday, March 29, 2019

Gift Card Scam

A common phishing scam is to target associates or subordinates.  The initial message is a short question, intending for a quick reply.

Are you on campus?

Eventually each respondent is requested to purchase an online gift card.

Earlier this year, a higher education point of view news report of this was published. It reports on multiple accounts of superiors being impersonated.  It is humorous while also showcasing the premise of this scam, which is that those in power could abuse their power and that subordinates are pressured to gain favor.