Don’t Go Phishing at Harvard

Pity the poor impostor who tried to scam a Harvard professor earlier this year.

When Harvard Kennedy School Professor Joshua S. Goodman got an urgent email from the dean of Harvard Graduate School of Education, he was surprised she asked him to send her an Amazon gift card. 

Having seen it was from a Gmail account, he grew suspicious. That’s when he pulled out a big ol’ can of Ivy League whup-ass.

Check out his lofty identity confirmation test: “… tell me what you consider the single most important finding is in your QJE article on the FAFSA barrier to college attendance.”

Not sure if the scammer stayed awake for the entire question, but he or she did persist for a full 26 hours until giving up, according an ICMYI post from January on the Harvard Crimson’s Flyby blog.

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