Office of the Chief Information Security Officer

February 14, 2019

Scam alert: “Are you available?”

Gift Card Scams

UW continues to see “Are you available?” scam messages. These are usually org-chart related in that a supervisor is impersonated on messages sent to staff in their departments or colleges.

The goal of the criminal sending the message is to convince the recipient to buy some gift cards, which are difficult to trace and easy to spend. The scammer may try to carry out the conversation via email or text message if the victim provides a cell phone number.

Visit the Phishing Examples page to view one of these messages and check out our infographic.

Please report any of these scam messages to

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