Posted on October 30, 2018
The following is a spear phishing attempt in which the scammer is impersonating the victim’s boss. The scammer is asking for iTunes Gift Cards, and will reimburse the victim afterwords. This is a scam and the scammer will not pay the victim back afterwards.
This can be spotted as a scam because of the email address which it came from (non-VCU) and the suspicious behavior – purchasing iTune’s Gift cards. The victim, in this scam, asked the scammer to call them to verify the scammer’s identity which the scammer dodged and claimed that they were too busy to make a call.
This reeks of a scam and if you received an email like this please delete it. Names have been redacted to protect privacy.
From: Victim’s Boss firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 10:59 AM
Subject: Re: URGENT
Victim, I am tied up right now, Can you purchase iTunes gift card 5 pieces – $100 each? I would reimburse you when am through, Let me know also i would prefer to call you but can’t receive or call at the moment with my line.we don’t have phone coverage only wi-fi
On Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 10:49 AM Victim’s Boss
Victim,Are you free at the moment?
Sent from my iPhone