Phishing scam circulating the district

An email, appearing to be from Superintendent Pete Lesar, is circulating throughout the district asking recipients to purchase gift cards. This email, like most emails asking for  gift cards, money or an item with monetary value, is a scam.

How to spot a gift card scam:

  • Inspect the sender's email address to confirm it's actually coming from that person. Scammers will often send the email from a random email account and change the display name. Scammers will often use names of those who are either your boss, supervisor or executive. For example, the email impersonating Dr. Lesar displays:

“Dr.Pete Lesar <bhearn.lexington1.net@gmail.com> wrote:”

  • The email message will include language that:

    • Indicates some level of urgency, such as asking for your help ASAP.

    • May not include the sender’s signature, but rather "Sent from my iPhone" in order to make it appear the person is away from their desk.

    • Asks you to do them a favor.

    • Asks you to purchase numerous gift cards with the promise to reimburse you.

    • Possibly has typos and grammatical errors.

    • Appears to be sincere.

What to do:

 

  • Ask yourself, "Would this person really ask me to do this?"

  • Call the sender to verify the authenticity of the request.

  • Do not reply to the email.

  • Do not purchase any gift cards.

 

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