Phishing notice: Scam posing as Tom Hebert

IT Services has received reports that a new scam email has been making the rounds.

The sender claims to be a Miami senior executive, such as academic dean or senior administrator. An example of note claims to be from Tom Herbert, senior vice president of university advancement. The email asks for the recipient to open a Google Doc supposedly having to do with student transcripts.

The information security team is aware of this scam. Do not respond to this message and do not open the Google Doc.

There are several “tells” in this email that indicate a scam:

  1. The sender’s email is not from an address (the aforementioned example of note is from <>).
  2. Obvious grammatical mistakes (it directs recipients to “Kindly Check The Docx”).
  3. Google helpfully warns that the sender is outside your organization.

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.