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Gift Card Scam

Tuesday, Oct 26, 2021 • 4:14 PM rvshaffe

There is a recent increase in the number of UTMB users receiving email appearing to be from members of their management team (a faked email address is being used) Subject: "Blank" or Subject: “Send me your available cell number”, please be aware that this is a phishing scam (gift card scam) and not a legitimate request.

UTMB’s Office of Information Security and ITS Technical Services departments are working to identify, block and pull these messages from recipient’s mailboxes.

If you responded to the message, you will be asked to provide a text phone number to interact with the scammer. Please do not respond and you will want to delete any text messages coming in and block the text phone/ID number. If you followed through with any request made, such as purchasing gift or pre-paid credit cards, please report this incident to the UTMB Police Department, as this is theft.

Thank you for being security aware,














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