Information Technology Services (ITS)

Recent rise of business email phishing

Published on: October 26, 2018

On Oct. 9th 2018, three different business email compromise (BEC) phishing emails were sent to University of Toronto (U of T) employees from what appeared to be a senior U of T official. The phishing emails ask the reader to respond to an urgent request for assistance.

BEC phishes come from a cyber-criminal impersonating an executive. The scammer is attempting to get an employee to send sensitive information and transfer funds via gift cards and/or e-currencies. If you receive an email like this, please forward it to

For tips on how to spot phishing emails, browse the web safely, keep your information secure while at work and during travel, check out our tips sheets.

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Learn more about a similar incident in September.

Learn more about how to protect yourself against phishing.