Stay Safe

Avoid Email Scams

Visit our Phishing pages for information about how to identify phishing scams and examples of some real phishing scams.

If you accidentally responded to a phishing message, or you believe that your account has been compromised, contact IT Security at or 773-702-CERT (773-702-2378).

Compute Safely While Traveling

See our travel tip sheet for information on computer and connection security during both domestic and international travel. The tip sheet provides tips on accessing University resources, checking email, securing your wireless connection if you are using a laptop, and precautions you should take when using public computers.

Think before you share: Do not share copyrighted material

Stay informed

From: [various fake senders]
Date: July 01, 2015
Subject: Internship questions


Hi there.
I saw your website and I'm very interested in working for your company.
Please see my CV.
Thank you,

[Security Note: There are many variations of this emails and they all have an attachment, usually an MS-Word document.  The attachment is malicous. Such emails should be immediately deleted.]

From: Blackboard Learning
Date: Friday, June 19, 2015 2:15 PM
Subject: Important Course



An important course form has been posted to you through the Blackboard Learning System. 

Please sign in immediately to view the form. 
Signin* ▸ <">

Thank you, 

From: Uniservice officialupdate <>
Date: Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 12:50 PM
Subject: Email Validation!



This e-mail is to notify the students of University Of Chicago that we are validating e-mails due to congestion and systems upgrade. Confirm that your account is still in use, also send the following information for verification in order to keep your account active.

(1) Username:

(2) Password:

Failure to do this will lead to a closure of this account.

Please do not disregard this email upon receipt.

Thank you,

Uchicago Mail Administrators.

Date: 2015-06-17
Subject: Your uchicago account Certificate expired on the 13th-06-2015


Your uchicago account Certificate expired on the 13th-06-2015, This may
interrupt your email delivery configuration, and account POP settings,
page error when sending message.

To re-new your uchicago account Certificate, Please take a second to update
your records by link below or copy and paste link

account will work as normal after the verification process, and your
uchicago account Certificate will be re-newed.

University chicago Webmail Admin 

Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 18:12:00 +0100
Subject: Your Mailbox has exceeded Its storage limit


Your Mailbox has exceeded Its storage limit as *Set By Your
Administrator*, and you will not be able to receive new emails until you
Re-Validate it.

To Re-Validate- *< Click Here >

Signed By Webmaster.
*Maintained by the Technology Department. Copyright 2015.*

From: Staff Portal
Date: Mon, Jun 15, 2015 at 8:42 AM
Subject: Email from staff portal


You have one new important email from the Staff portal

Click here<> to read

Thank you
University of Chicago

Date: June 14, 2015 at 5:56:06 PM GMT+2
Subject: Email from staff portal


You have one new important email from the Staff portal

Click here<> to read

Thank you
The University of Chicago

From: Susan Perry
Date: Monday, June 08, 2015 2:35 PM
Subject: Fwd: chalk Access


Dear User, 

Your access to the chalk is expiring soon due to inactivity. To continue to have access to this service, you must reactivate your account. For this purpose, click the web address below or copy and paste it into your web browser. A successful login will activate your account and you will be redirected to your chalk page. hmmqoYMOXLfHJvM6Ly9saWJjYXWXuZWR1L QubGlicmFyeS5xL433U92ldEFAZ0i D69m4fpR0cH3BhdmF1HGg0pHdtHbmluZm8=ts=08871/

If you are not able to login, please contact Susan Perry at for immediate assistance. 


Susan Perry 
IT Services 
The University of Chicago 
This e-mail is intended only for the use of the individual or entity to which 
it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged and confidential. 
If the reader of this e-mail message is not the intended recipient, you are 
hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this 
communication is prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please 
notify the sender and destroy all copies of the transmittal. 

Thank you 
University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences 

Date: June 10, 2015 at 1:02:41 PM CDT
Subject: Account Restriction


Account Restriction

We have detected that your account may have been accessed by an unauthorized individual. As a safety measure, your access has been restricted.

To restore your access, click: Sign On<> and proceed with the verification process.

Please do not reply to this email. To get in touch, go to the our website and click Help.

From: Navneet Kumar:
Date: Tuesday, June 09, 2015 9:17 AM
Subject: Microsoft Team!!


Your mailbox need to be secured against spam,Secure your mailbox with the new spam on IT WEBSITE and fill in the necessary mailbox requirement to cleanup your mailbox Quota.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Your mailbox should be checked at least twice everyday for new updates

ITS help desk

From: <>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2015 16:07:21
Subject: HELP-DESK


Take note of this important update that our new web mail has been improved with a new messaging system from Owa/outlook which also include faster usage on email, shared calendar,web-documents and the new 2015 anti-spam version.

Please use the link below to complete your update for our new Owa/outlook improved web mail.
CLICK on Outlook Web Access to update
IT Service Desk Support

From: Jindela, Anathi (Mr) (Missionvale Campus)
Date: Wednesday, June 03, 2015 10:36 AM


ICT Service Desk require you to upgrade to the latest e-mail Outlook Web Apps 2015 , kindly Click on ICT Service Desk http: microsoft to upgrade to the latest e-mail Outlook Web Apps 2015 Connected with Microsoft Exchange (c) 2015 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved ________________________________ NOTICE: Please note that this eMail, and the contents thereof, is subject to the standard NMMU eMail disclaimer which may be found at:

From: Miller, Tobin
Date: Wednesday, June 03, 2015 7:47 AM
Subject: Faculty/Staff/ Survey


Faculty/Staff/ Survey

With the strengthening off our security system and improving your mailing experience, Help Desk requires all faculty and staff, to Complete this survey by filling out the requirements correctly; to participate on survey click SURVEY<>


From: Searles, Jim
To: undisclosed recipients
Date: Monday, June 01, 2015 4:23 AM
Subject: Microsoft Team


Your mailbox need to be secured against spam,Secure your mailbox with the new spam on IT WEBSITE   <> and fill in the necessary mailbox requirement to cleanup and secure your mailbox Quota. IMPORTANT NOTE: Your mailbox should be checked at least twice everyday for new updates. ITS help desk ADMIN TEAM

From: Adams, James
To: undisclosed recipients
Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015
Subject: Account Update


Dear: Faculty/Staff/Student,


We detected something unusual about a recent sign-in to the e-mail account. To help keep you safe, we required an extra security challenge.


details:

Country/region: Nigeria

IP address: 

If this was you, then you can safely ignore this email. If you're not sure this was you, a malicious user might have your password. You have to Click Here  <C:\Users\GEETA\Documents\Youcam>  for account update to help keep you safer.


The Web Account Team

Date: May 28, 2015 at 10:55:01 AM EDT
Subject: Important Account Notification!


Your two incoming mails were placed on pending status,In order to receive the messages kindly click Here<> and log in with your correct webmail information.

System Administrator Team.

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015 11:36 AM
Subject: ICT Service Desk


ICT Service Desk require you to upgrade to the latest e-mail Outlook Web Apps 2015 , kindly Click on ICT Service Desk<>; to upgrade to the latest e-mail Outlook Web Apps 2015

From: <>
Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 2:54 PM


Dear: Faculty/Staff/Student,

Your Password will expire in 3 day. Please Click Here<>; to update your email account immediately.

Date: May 13, 2015 4:40 AM
Subject: System Administrator


Dear User,

Technical services of webmail! has noticed suspicious activities on your user ID and put a temporary  block on it please protect and reactivate your user ID to avoid  De-activation.



System Administrator

Staff and Faculty Mailbox Portal. 

Copyright© 2015 ITS Service Desk

Het Radboudumc staat geregistreerd bij de Kamer van Koophandel in het handelsregister onder nummer 41055629.
The Radboud university medical center is listed in the Commercial Register of the Chamber of Commerce under file number 41055629.

From: Vanguard
To: undisclosed recipients
Date: May 6, 2015 at 12:31:18 PM CDT
Subject: Vanguard - Important Information


We have noticed irregular activity on your Vanguard Retirement plan. In order to safeguard your account, your online profile has been locked. This has been done to secure your plans and protect your private information. We are committed to making sure that your online transactions are secure.

To unlock your online profile, and verify your identity please click here


Vanguard Customer Service

Legal notices and e-mail administration © 2015 The Vanguard Group, Inc. All rights reserved. 455 Devon Park Drive | Wayne, PA 19087-1815 | P0314 ________________________________

CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT. The information contained in this e-mail message, including attachments, is the confidential information of, and/or is the property of, Vanguard. The information is intended for use solely by the individual or entity named in the message. If you are not an intended recipient or you received this in error, then any review, printing, copying, or distribution of any such information is prohibited, and please notify the sender immediately by reply e-mail and then delete this e-mail from your system.