Email Phishing targets PTSA

Our executive vice president recently received an email which purportedly came from our president.

Here’s what the email looked like:

From:  President first name<pre.sidentptsa@aol.com>
Date: February 5, 2019 at 6:49:38 AM PST
To: execvp@gunnpta.org
Subject: Hi  VP first name
Are you available at the moment?The board need some gift cards for donation….
can you get some today?If Yes Kindly get back to me quick
You will surely be reimbursed
Thanks
president first name
Note a few disturbing issues:
  • the reply-to address pre.sidentptsa@aol.com is not an email address we recognise
  • the subject was personal, referring to our correctly  VP by her first name
  • it was “signed” correctly with our president’s first name
  • it was asking for gift cards

It seems quite a bit of research went into this phishing scam. Please be careful with these types of emails.