BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Bernards school officials have announced that an email sent out with from bernardsboe.com last Thursday was a "phishing" scam that should be deleted immediately by anyone who had received it.
Recipients who opened an attached Google doc and filled in information were advised by school officials to immediately change their email password, according to the notice posted on the Bernards Board of Education website.
The notice states that on Thursday, March 31, the "Bernards Township School District was victim of a Phishing email."
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The email went out from fraudently obtained email lists of stored group email recipients, the notice explains.
"This phishing email has obtained some staff and students contact groups causing additional emails to be sent from within our domain (bernardsboe.com). These emails will contain the subject line Doc 1 or Doc 2."
School officials said that in most instances the fraudulent emails were similar to this:
How are you doing today? Could you quickly login to review the document i sent using "Google Drive" and let me have your opinion."
Delete email, or change password if information was entered
The board is asking that any person who has received such an email to delete it immediately.
The board notice also urged, "If you so happened to click on the link and entered your information into the fraudulent Google Drive site, we ask that you please change your password immediately."
School officials will continue to monitor the situation over the next couple of weeks, the school website says.
"Phishing" is an attempt by a hacker to obtain confidential information by sending an online notification that appears to come from a legitimate source.