Scam emails impersonate department leaders

UAB faculty, staff and students should be aware of potential scam emails that impersonate academic and business unit leaders at the University, even University President Ray L. Watts, M.D.

In the past several weeks, faculty and staff in certain schools at UAB have received scam emails that impersonate someone in a leadership position in their department. The scammers typically send a request for the person to complete an errand, or even buy certain items or wire money.

If you hover your mouse pointer over the email address, you will see that it does not come from a UAB address.

If you receive an email asking you to purchase gift cards or wire money, the request is almost certainly a scam. If you have a question about the authenticity of such an email, report it to UAB IT using PhishMe Reporter or by forwarding to

Do not respond to the suspected scam email.

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Last modified on February 04, 2019