Phishing Alerts

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Phishing attempts can be emails, text messages, and phone calls. They appear to be legitimate but actually are deceptive traps that seek to steal your credentials, money, or personal information

These are active phishing or hacking attempts on Georgetown University email. You can contact us at if you think you may have fallen victim to a phishing attack.

Gift Card Scam – Don’t be Fooled!

Smishing Alert: University Information Services (UIS) has received reports from several faculty and staff members who have received text messages which appear to be from University officials asking for assistance. They are FAKES. As a reminder, if the sender or the text message looks odd or out of character, do NOT reply to the text. Contact the sender directly through a known phone number or email address to verify if this person is actually reaching out to you.

If you are not accustomed to receiving text messages from a particular person or if you wonder how someone even has your personal number, be suspicious. The fraud that is circulating currently looks like a text from the University President asking for Apple gift cards.

Smish – fraudulent text message for the purposes of theft or deception

If you receive a text of this nature, do not respond or engage with the sender. Please block the number immediately and report the text messages to the UIS Cybersecurity Incident Response Team at and to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Fraudulent Norton Receipt

This is a fake receipt for a purchase of Norton software. The scammer wants the recipient to call the number and then either provide financial data in order to “reverse” the charge or install a file on your computer that will “remove” the software.

If you receive an email similar to this one. Do not call the number or reply to the sender. Report the phish to the UISO CIRT (Cyber Incident Response Team) using the Cofense Reporter phish icon in your GMail sidebar cofense reporter phish icon

email image of fraudulent Norton purchase receipt
June/July 2021 phish

Fraudulent Job Offer

phishing email about a fraudulent job offer as a research assistance

Phishing Alert: [Revised] – 2023/2024 Pay Schedule

November 10th, 2023

This phishing email is circulating Georgetown this month. Do not click on any links if you have received this email or one like it. If you received this email and entered your login information,…

Fraudulent Delivery Alert

September 2nd, 2021

This phishing email is circulating Georgetown this month. Do not click on the malware link if you have received this email or one like it. Phishing email (September…

Student Employment Scam

December 9th, 2020

Do not respond via email or text to this phish offering you $350 weekly for remote work.…

Remote Job Scam

November 5th, 2020

Do not respond by email or text to this phish allegedly from a GU Professor offering $350 a week for part-time remote work. Learn more about phishing so you don’t get caught! Image of remote job…