Spam and Phishing Emails
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
Recently we have become aware of an increase in phishing and scam attempts targeting our users through email. These scams use a variety of tactics to try and convince you to click a link, open a file or scare you into paying money in Bitcoin (anonymous internet currency) and may frequently be resent to your mailbox.
The sender address in an email message can be easily falsified – often phishing messages are forged to appear to be from your account as a way to defeat spam filters and get your attention. Receiving a message such as this does not indicate a breach of your account.
Scammers frequently access information that’s located on the internet to try and make phishing messages more convincing. These may include old passwords that have been breached from third-party sites, or information about you that’s publicly accessible online. Additionally, the contents of the message are often designed to be scary or threatening in an attempt to scare you into an action you otherwise wouldn’t consider doing.
While we understand these messages are disruptive, particularly if they are resent frequently, we recommend deleting them from your mailbox.
Associate Vice President, IT
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Posted on June 24, 2020