Phishing Examples

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Phishing attempts are emails (or phone calls) which appear to be legitimate and seek to steal your credentials, money, or info

These are active phishing or hacking attempts on Georgetown University email.  If you clicked on a link or otherwise responded to a fraudulent email, go to another computer and change your password. You can also contact us at

Featured Recent Phishing

April 2020

Bogus Canvas Account Notice being sent to faculty and students. Do not click these links and enter any sign-in information.

Fraudulent Canvas account notification

March 2020

Scammers are taking advantage of the fear around the coronovirus pandemic. Beware of fraudulent emails!

July 2019

This fraudulent email is intended to steal money.  The sender is NOT the familiar person it appears to be.

July phish email

Update: July 23, 2018

This extortion email is actively targeting GU and the public at large.  Do not respond to this email in any way.  See our News & Announcements page for additional information.  

Extortion Email text

June 2018— This phish is actively targeting GU Faculty

June HR phish

May 2018— This phish is actively targeting GU Faculty. 

phish email May 8, 2018

April 2018

Salary phish image

March 2018

Image showing contents of phish email

February 2018

Student account Phish

Fall 2017

August 24, 2017

job offer scam phishing email example

The above email is a job offer scam that has been circulating the University. The subject was “Personal Assistant (Part-Time) Position.” The email was sent from Leonie Smith and states that she “had a look at your resume on your school job search and might possibly have an opening”. 

August 2, 2017

Payroll invoice phishing email example

The above email is a phishing scam that attempts to get users to view their payroll invoices. The subject line was “ADP Payroll Invoice 85758117 for month 07/01/2017 – 07/31/2017”. It states that “Your ADP Payroll invoice is ready and has been enclosed below, for your reivew.” Do not click on the link in the email.