Email subject: Urgent request

These "spear phishing" emails have been reported by several members of staff.

They claim to be a senior colleague.  The text in the message is simple "Available?" followed by a Sussex email signature.

If you reply, you'll start a conversation with a criminal who will try to convince you they are your director or line manager, eventually requesting money.  These scammers can be very convincing.

These emails DO NOT come from a Sussex email address, but often a gmail or hotmail address like this: username.sussex.ac.uk@gmail.com

Look for a genuine Sussex email address.  If in doubt, contact the member of staff directly and check if the email is genuine.

Sender

Non-Sussex email address

How is it harmful?

Fake email claiming to be senior member of staff

Date reported

20 August 2019