IT Security Alert: Fraudulent Gift Card Text Messages

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ITS has received notice of Guilford Community members receiving a scam text impersonating Guilford President Kyle Farmbry. Beware! This is a common scam that can lead to theft.

The message reported to ITS used a common “gift card” scam in which the sender requests urgent completion of a task. Upon receiving a response, the sender asks for the purchase of gift cards. You can read more about this type of scam here

Text scams are especially dangerous because spotting fraudulent phone numbers is more difficult than recognizing fake email addresses. Recognizing links to malicious websites is also more difficult in text messages. If you receive a suspicious text, verify the origin with the person who is named as the sender. If a text is fraudulent, do not respond. Delete the message.

To protect yourself, be careful with sharing your mobile number and do not post it publically. Phone numbers sending text messages can be spoofed, so even if you recognize a phone number, verify with the sender (outside of the text message) if a message seems suspicious. 

Have questions or need help? Contact the ITS Help Desk at its@guilford.edu or call 336-316-2020.