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Johns Hopkins University Campus Security warns of email scam targeting faculty

Posted at 12:29 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 12:34:33-04

BALTIMORE — Campus Security at Johns Hopkins University is warning staff and faculty members of an ongoing email scam.

in an alert sent throughout campus, security says an unknown sender falsely claims to be a dean or department head at the university. They claim to be in an important meeting and request a cell phone number from the recipient. A text message is then sent to that number, telling the recipient to purchase store gift cards, at which point the sender asks for a picture of the code on the card.

The originating email address attempts to act as an official Johns Hopkins account and may include the name of a university faculty member.

If you have gotten or do receive one of these emails, campus security says don't respond and call them at 410-516-4600.

The university says they would never ask faculty and staff to do anything like that, and urges everyone to never provide personal information to an unconfirmed source.