I’ve heard from several students and former students today who got suspicious e-mail claiming to be from me. Maybe you got one, too?
The body of the messages mostly just said “Hello, are you available?” However, one student received a message which went on to ask if he could pick up something at the store.
The e-mail sig said “Dr. P.D. Magnus”, but I don’t think I ever write my name that way. It also gave my UAlbany rank and information, which I only do in e-mails that need to sound official and heavy-hitting.
The from line on these e-mails was firstname.lastname@example.org — To be clear, that’s not me. If they contact you, don’t pick up anything at the store for them.