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GryphMail plagued with scam email

GryphMail hit with scam.

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Potentially hundreds of students, staff and faculty at the University of Guelph and Guelph-Humber’s GryphMail were sent a scam email on Wednesday afternoon from an individual claiming to be from “Travelex Currency Trading Co.” with an employment offer.

The company can be found online via an address listed in a digital form attached to the email and listed on Google Maps as based at Turkey’s Istanbul Ataturk Airport. The emails were sent from other GryphMail addresses, not from an outside source.

An individual working in information and technology told The Avro Post that it appears to be from a localized infected computer.

“Good day! My name Steve Moore,” the email reads, which traces its existence to varying addresses, asking recipients if they would consider “a part-time job opportunity to be our Purchasing Manager in your region?”

“I understand you might have busy schedules with your current job/school activities, but I want to let you know that this service is not time consuming, it will be like you are working from home,” it continues.

Moore, likely a fake name, says he is “currently interested to emply your services with lots of benefit,” promising readers that they “will be entitled to earn $500 weekly”.

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One version of the email sent to at least one student.

The email then prompts recipients, if they are interested to learn more,  to visit a link to a Microsoft Office form.

The email was sent at 3:41 p.m. on Wednesday. Scams sent to GryphMail addresses are not uncommon, university staff told The Avro Post.

The Avro Post has reached out to the University of Guelph and Guelph-Humber, as well as multiple staff members, to find out how many email addresses were affected by the scam.


Company from ‘Turkey’

The form linked in the email sent to those using the University of Guelph’s GryphMail gives a description of the position being offered by the scam and has a signature indicating the “Travelex Currency Trading Co.” company is based in Turkey.

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Form via The Avro Post

The address is listed as “Yeşilköy Mah. AHL Yeni Dış Hatlar Terminal Binası, 34149 Bakırköy/İstanbul, Turkey” — an address at Istanbul Ataturk Airport tied to the listed company.

The Avro Post has reached out to the company for comment.

The form attached asks recipients for their full name, specific work history in relation to the offered position, age, primary bank name, length of time with their bank and contact information.


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Humber to mark violence against women day

A ceremony starts at 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

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Humber College will on Friday mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women with an Indigenous guest speaker.

The ceremony will start at 11:30 a.m. and run until 1 p.m., though the event page does not list a definite location.

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Top events on campus: Week of Dec. 1

Weekly round up of the top events at the University of Guelph-Humber/Humber North for week of Dec. 1.

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This is our weekly round up of what we consider the top events that are happening at the University of Guelph-Humber/Humber College North Campus. All events on campus are free unless stated otherwise. 

Monday, Dec. 2

Humber Networking Event

The Humber students of the Fitness and Health Promotion will be hosting the 2nd annual networking event. This event will feature presentations from three alumni of the program featuring their academic experience and their current career path. Refreshments will be provided.

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Humber North
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Friday, Dec. 6

Humber Spin-A-Thon 2019

The department of Health Wellness and Science will be hosting the 10th-annual United Way Spin-A-Thon. Donations will be accepted for the United Way Organization. Refreshments will be provided and there will be prizes to be won.

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Humber North, Concourse E135
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Mental health resources are a tap away

Stress levels are rising as exams approach.

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There are a variety of websites and apps that will assist in students’ mental health and wellness throughout the school year and with exams approaching, stress levels are rising across the campuses of Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber.

Last Saturday was International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day and it was designated to those who have lost individuals to suicide. It was also a day to take a moment to realize the individuals that have attempted suicide in their life, who may have committed suicide and many whom have thoughts about suicide.

Suicide is a topic that is rarely approached due to the stigma around mental health and the lack of knowledge that society may have.

The Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre, or SWAC, provided The Avro Post with a list of websites and apps that students can have access to on their own time.

Crisis and general support consists of The Lifeline, which is an app that provides you with a good amount of numbers to call or websites to attend, 7 Cups, a website and app that provides you access to online listeners and therapists. As a warning, 7 Cups may be triggering to some because the listeners are not professionally trained.

Be Safe: You deserve help is also another app option.

When depression and mood support is required, Stigma is an option that Android users can use, Intellicare, an app that consists of 12 mini apps may come to benefit, and there are mood trackers like Mind your Mood, Youper or Emoods Mood Tracker.

Anxiety can be managed through the support of apps such as: Stop, Breathe & Think, Self-Help for Anxiety, Mindshift and B2R – Breathe to Relax. One app that can support both depression and anxiety is Sanvello.

For stress management, there are apps like Healthy Minds, Happify, Headspace (for students there is a subscription that only costs $10 a year) and Calm.

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