Email Phishing targets PTSA

Our executive vice president Kimberly Eng Lee recently received an email which purportedly came from our president, Sigrid Pinsky.

Here’s what the email looked like:

From: Sigrid Pinsky <>
Date: February 5, 2019 at 6:49:38 AM PST
Subject: Hi  Kimberly
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
Note a few disturbing issues:
  • the reply-to address 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.