LTS Information Security notice: Gift card scams

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A high volume of gift card scam emails are being sent to student, faculty, and staff accounts. Please be wary of any unsolicited emails purporting to come from members of Lehigh University community.

How can I recognize a gift card scam?

  • The message simply asks, “Are you available?”
  • The scammer sends an email message to Lehigh staff pretending to be a high-ranking administrator at Lehigh, such as a dean, executive director, the provost, or the president.
  • The message indicates the sender is occupied and in need of immediate assistance in purchasing gift cards from a specific store or brand for a specific amount.
  • The message also requests that the recipient send back the gift card codes to the sender, either by taking a picture of the codes and sending the image back as an email attachment, or by sending the list of codes in an email.

If you receive one of these messages, simply ignore or delete it, as it does not typically contain malware or harmful files if opened. You can also report it to LTS Information Security by forwarding the email to

If you have fallen victim to this type of scam, immediately report the incident to Lehigh’s Information Security Office at

If you have any questions about an email’s legitimacy or whether it poses a threat, contact LTS Help Desk at 610-758-4357 or LTS Information Security at

Eric Zematis
Chief Information Security Officer
Library & Technology Services