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Employees: Be wary of emails seeking wire transfer requests despite name of sender

Since Monday, several employees have received fraudulent emails in which the sender’s address has been disguised as that of a high-ranking University official seeking assistance with a wire transfer. Faculty and staff who receive such emails should NOT respond but instead forward the email as an attachment to DefendYourData@mail.wvu.edu.

These emails are intended to trick recipients into sending money from some sort of official account. If you receive such an email, be aware it is likely a scam and forward to Information Technology Services for review.

Employees who handle University funds follow approved, familiar processes and should continue to abide by those. Odd requests such as those in the fraudulent emails should trigger skepticism and should be reported.

Learn more about spotting scams and protecting both the University’s resources and your own. Please direct questions or concerns to DefendYourData@mail.wvu.edu or call the ITS Service Desk at 304-293-4444.