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Anne E Graham
Nov 19, 2018

WARNING: Phishing Scam Circulating

Nov 19, 2018 by Anne E Graham

Warning: An online phishing scam (text below) is currently circulating impersonating a message from an alumnus offering money. See below for more information. 

If you have received this email or a similar one, please do not reply to it, open any attachments or click on the link. 

GW IT has confirmed it is a scam and requested mail blocks as well as an Infomail notification for students. 

This type of scam offers money in the form of a $1000 donation. The scammer will send $2000 and will ask the recipient to deposit it and send back $1000 (because they made a mistake or other excuse). Then, the original check bounces in a few days, the scammer is up $1000 and the victim is out $1000. 

If you receive any phishing attempts in the future, please do not reply to them, open any attachments or click on any links. Please forward the email to

If you have any questions about the validity of a link you see or a message you receive, please contact the IT Support Center at 202-994-GWIT (4948), or IT.GWU.EDU.  

The text of the email currently circulating follows:


I am glad writing your student organization at George Washington. I’m a 1999 alumni at GWU and I am much eager to give back to the Colonials because while I was attending, I never had the opportunity to contribute my quota to student activities and volunteering.

I am willing to make a donation of $1000 for the development of your club. I will be making payment by check to you as the Financial director/ Treasurer so send the the details to issue the check (name, phone and mailing address). I will prefer to work with you independently.

Thank you while I await your response.

Bradley Marcus