Phishing scams circulating SFU email account holders

Phishing scams circulating SFU email account holders

Update for September 23, 2021

What happened?

SFU IT Services is aware of a circulating phishing email with the subject line, "You have got an urgent message from Simon Fraser University".

Phishing is an attempt to acquire sensitive personal information, such as usernames, passwords and banking information by masquerading as a trustworthy party in an electronic communication. Phishing is typically carried out by email or instant messaging and often directs users to enter details at a website or in an email reply.

Who was impacted?

These emails are being sent to those with an SFU email account. This could include faculty, staff, students and/or alumni.

What steps should you take?

  • Delete the email without opening.
  • If you've texted the phone number within the email and got a reply, delete the message and block the phone number.
  • If you've supplied your password, please reset it immediately and avoid using it in the future.
  • Report any other phishing scams to 


SFU will never ask for your password via email, phone, text or social media.

For more information on how to identify and avoid these emails, visit the IT Services Phishing Scams page.

A sample of the phishing email is provided below: