We have seen a recent surge in email spoofing, the deliberate faking of mail headers and content to convince the recipient the message comes from someone they know and trust. As a reminder, these messages are nearly impossible to block, as they appear to be innocuous. However, if you look at the source address you will easily see it is not from jhu.edu, but from an odd gmail, yahoo or other external mail source. Look for the red “External Email – Use Caution” warning to easily recognize spoofs that have supposedly come from JHU accounts. If you have opted out of the external email warning and would like to re-enable it, you can do so in the my.jh portal under Messaging –>Email Settings.
Responding to these messages is not in itself a problem, and you don’t have to worry about your account being compromised if you do. However, many of these are scams that will result in requests for gift cards or money. Please do not act on these requests.