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Piano Gift You will Love To Have

The UCLA Information Security Office is aware of a phishing campaign attempting to coerce recipients into receiving a piano. This is not a legitimate e-mail and recipients should not provide any information or reply back to the sender. 

These phishing e-mails may include messages the below:

From: <ad_anwar@optonline[.]net>
Subject: --- Piano Gift You will Love To Have ---

Dear Student/Staff/Faculty,

One of our staff, Mr. Dereck Adams is downsizing and looking to give away his late dad's piano to a loving home. The Piano is a 2014 Yamaha Baby Grand size used like new. You can write to him to indicate your interest on his private email (dereckadamsprivatemail21@mail[.]com) to arrange an inspection and delivery with a moving company. Please write Dereck Adams via your private email for a swift response.

Best Regards,


Stay safe!

When in doubt, look for these signs, and use your best judgement. Verify the offer by contacting the company directly. Look them up online. Don’t use the number or email address from the email. Look for a contact in department website, call them and ask if this is a legitimate job offer.  

If you are interested in finding a student job at UCLA, consider searching for positions on UCLA Career Center powered by Handshake (link is external), or contacting a potential supervisor directly using their official UCLA email address and not from unsolicited sources.

What to Do if You Paid a Scammer 

No matter how you paid — debit or credit card, bank or wire transfer, gift card, or cash reload card — immediately contact the company you used to send the money, report the fraud, and ask to have the transaction reversed, if possible. For specific advice and tips on how to reverse different types of payments, read What to Do If You Were Scammed (link is external).

Report Job Scams 

If you lost money to a job scam, report it to UCLA Police Department (link is external) and the FTC at (link is external)