Phishing email scam hits City of Carmel


The City of Carmel has been hit with a phishing e-mail scam that has been sending notes that appear to be from Mayor Jim Brainard or Carmel City Council members. Anyone receiving this type of e-mail today is advised to immediately delete it without responding or forwarding.

This is what the e-mail looks like:

From: James Brainard <[email protected]>

Sent: Thursday, May 14, 2020 12:40 PM


Subject: Hello

Hello, I need you to help me purchase some gift cards at the store for secret surprise gifts for some of the council members and Staff today, let me know if you can do that right away and also let you know the denominations because there is a sharp deadline for this request.

James Brainard,


Phishing is a type of online scam where criminals send an email that appears to be from a legitimate source that then tries to get you to provide sensitive information. Please avoid this kind of trouble by deleting this e-mail.

Source: City of Carmel


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