Dear Old St. Pats Community,
We are experiencing a series of spam email issues with an outside impersonator posing as Fr. Thomas J. Hurley. The email address is email@example.com but this may change over time. Please be assured that we are completely certain that our internal systems, including myOSP, are safe, protected, and not compromised. We apologize for any confusion.
With an increase in phishing emails, we would like to share a few things to always look for.
- Never click through a link or send information from a source you do not trust. Often times the link may contain malicious content or steer you to a website in an effort to compromise credentials. You should never enter a username or password if prompted, after clicking in a link.
- Review the sender’s email address for proper spelling. You can hover over an email address to review the full address. Common techniques of this may include a misspelling in the username or the domain (oldspats.com instead of the actual domain oldstpats.org, where it’s missing the letter “t”.)
- Display names may be changed to impersonate a valid user. For example, anyone can create a random Gmail account and give a name of Fr. Thomas Hurley, while the email account would be completely random. There is nothing in the display name that can be validated.
- Ensure you have strong passwords for your email and computers.
- Be cautious of emails requesting gift cards. This is a popular piece of spam where a sender pretends they are someone within the company. They request that you purchase gift cards and to send along with the codes. These can be deleted. If you receive an email that you suspect may be spam, please refrain from responding and make a report by forwarding any suspicious emails to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much for your understanding and attention.