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Office 365: Gift card warning notification

Over the last few months, K-State has seen an increase in gift card scams. As you may have noticed a feature has been turned on in Office 365 that warns K-Staters about messages that contain the words “gift card” whether it is in subject line or in the body of the message. If the system detects those words, it will display the following disclaimer in your message:

**These messages have been known to be malicious. Please, be very cautious with these messages.**

You will most likely receive emails that are legitimate and emails that are scams. Review the email carefully before responding. The following are some examples:

Gift card email example

Notice a few things:

  • The email address seem suspicious.
  • The request is urgent. All scams put some sort of emergency in the request.
  • There are typos.

Gift card example

Notice a few things:

  • You received this email via K-State Today. You could go directly to K-State Today’s website and verify this was actually sent from them.
  • There are no typos.
  • It gives a deadline, but it doesn’t convey urgency.

If you are in doubt, call the person or organization to verify they sent the email.

If you have any questions, contact the IT Help Desk (helpdesk@ksu.edu) and if you believe the email is a scam send to abuse@ksu.edu.