Phishing scam posing as a supervisor

IT Services has received reports that a new scam email has been making the rounds. The sender claims to be a Miami supervisor, such as academic dean or senior administrator. The email asks for the recipient to send the sender their personal phone number.

Here is a text example of the email:

From: Beena Sukumaran <>
Date: Fri, Oct 2, 2020 at 11:21 AM
Subject: Quick Request

Can you give me your available text number that i can reach you at? --
Beena Sukumaran Professor and Dean BEN 106 D College of Engineering and Computing Miami University

This is a scammer asking people to buy gift cards and send them the codes. Do not respond to this message.

There are several “tells” in this email that indicate a scam, including that the sender’s email is not from an address, and some grammatical errors.

Remember: If you receive an email that looks suspicious, it’s better to be safe than sorry - forward the message to, and the information security team will tell you whether it’s legitimate or a fraud.