Phishing scam: "Office365 E-mail Verification On The Containment Box"


There is a phishing email circulating at McGill, with the subject "Office365 E-mail Verification On The Containment Box". The message talks about backing up your E-mail to Office 365and invites the recipient to click  on a fraudulent link. See an example of this phishing message below.

Please DO NOT click on the link or reply to the message. Delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source.

This email is a fraudulent attempt to gain access to your personal information. If you have already clicked on the link in this email and submitted any personal information, you should change your McGill Password as soon as possible. See the McGill Password Reset Checklist for instructions.

Example of this phishing message:

Sender name & address: <valid McGill email address>
Subject: Office365 E-mail Verification On The Containment Box

Some instructions needed to back up your E-mail to office365 existence , it would be greatly APPRECIATED . Click the containment now

Have a great Day!


What to do when you receive a suspicious email

If you have received a phishing email or suspect that you have:

  1. Check the list of known IT Security Alerts
  2. If you don't see the one you received, itsupport [at] (contact the IT Service Desk) immediately to report it. Be sure to attach the suspicious message so they can verify its content.

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