Messages impersonating those in leadership positions at Western

Be advised that messages with the following subject lines or greetings are being seen on campus.

  • Hi, Are you available?  I need your assistance urgently.
  • Are you free? Let me know

We have seen such messages impersonating President Alan Shepard, as well as others in leadership positions.  If the recipients respond to the initial message, they are asked to make a purchase (ie: iTunes gift cards) on behalf of the sender.  Generally, the sender indicates that this is urgent, but he/she is unable to make the purchase due to being involved in an important meeting or is otherwise unavailable.

Check the sender email address closely.  In some instances, the sender address was  Others were simply using an unrelated address, so they are easier to detect as false.

In all cases, DO NOT respond to the sender.  Please forward the messages to

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