Email Scam (May 30, 2017): "Faculty & Staff Notification"

Mohanad Abdulhameed <>
Mohanad Abdulhameed <>
Tue, 30 May 2017 16:18:12 +0000
Faculty & Staff Notification

Due to system data updates taking place this Tuesday 30th May, we are writing to advise that all webmail users should take this extra security challenge and validate all accounts...

You are required to visit the secure URL: Webmail Client<> for account validation.

Please note that if this notification is ignored you will experience difficulties in sending and receiving of email messages through our secure Network portal.

Thanks For Your Time
Information Technology Service

How do you know this is a Phishing Scam: 

Urgency (do this today) and threat of loss of service if you do not act immediately make this an obvious phishing scam.

The URL is not a University webpage or even close. However, Proofpoint is an antimalware and phishing tool that many institutions use to filter their email, so this link may have already been blocked!

No contact information or useful signs of who sent the email.

Odd phrasing, e.g., "Thanks For Your Time."