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Every so often Canisius faculty, staff, or students get emails that look like they’re from somebody familiar: a coworker or fellow student. But they may in fact be efforts by scammers to collect sensitive data or install malware on our devices. Here’s a short video with tips for avoiding email scams:

Most recently, campus employees at various colleges and universities have received scam emails purporting to be from deans, chairpersons, or supervisors. These often describe an emergency where the email’s recipient needs to send gift cards.

If you have any questions, or are even a little suspicious about an email you received from someone here at Canisius, give them or their office a call before clicking links within the email.

Or email them separately (not a reply) at their known email address.

And if you believe an email might be a scam message, send it along to, so ITS may investigate it. The extra time is well worth it, to ensure you or others don’t fall victim to a scam!

For more great advice on avoiding scams, phishing, and malware on the internet, check out this Dome post by the Director of User Services, ITS.