Latest Email Scams

Below is a collection of real-life phishing examples that IT Security has acted upon and notes on what gives them away as email scams.

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From: Roger.Adams
Date: Monday, 27 April 2015 8:34 PM
Subject: RE: Faculty/Staff/ Survey


<p><span>Faculty/Staff/ Survey&nbsp;</span><br />
<br />
<br />
<span>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 <code></code>&nbsp;</span></p>


Subject: ITS Service Desk

ITS Service Desk Support requires your immediate re-activation of your Email account. This is to upgrade email account to Microsoft Outlook 2015. Inability to
complete this procedure will render your account inactivate. Activate by completing the survey procedure. CLICK HERE: to

IT Service Desk Support

Proud of Stockport Awards 2015 - Do you know someone who helps to make Stockport special? Nominate them today at:

From: Craig Sentry <>
Date: Tue Apr 21 06:58:32 2015


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

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© 2015 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved

From: Webmaster <>
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:56:55 -0600
Subject: Unsuccessful attempts to access your email


Recently, there were too many unsuccessful attempts to access your email
and your user ID was disabled. Please click here to reactivate full access to your
accounts online.

To: undisclosed-recipients
Date: March 25, 2015
Subject: Hello


I sent you this documents earlier but I noticed the failure delivery, So I had to resend it again. VIEW DOCUMENTS<> and login in with your email to view thecontent and importance.


To: undisclosed-recipients
Date: March 19, 2015
Subject: IT Services.


IT Services.

Your Uchicago Mail Account Will Expire In Three Days Time As Set By Your Administrator.For Re-validation, Click

System Administrator.
@2015 Web Service.

From: Santy Ramasamy
Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:26:16
Subject: Mailbox


Attn: User,
Your email will expire in next 19hrs Click on Faculty And Staff to validate your account.
Help-Desk Term.

To: Recipients <>
Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2015
Subject: Your password will expire soon


Click here to proceed with your Email update.

From: Lorraine Greenland Lorraine
To: Lorraine Greenland
Date: Sunday, March 15, 2015
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

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 7:08 AM
Subject: System Administrator


Your inbox has almost exceeded its storage limit.
It will not be able to send and receive e-mails if exceeded it limit And your e-mail account will be deleted from our servers.
To avoid this problem, you need to update you mail box quota By clicking on the link below and filling your login information for the update. If you are unable to click it kindly copy it to your web browser If we do not receive a reply from you within 24 hours Your mailbox will be suspended

Thank you.
@2015 System Administrator


Mailbox Quota: 95.09%


Current size

Maximum size

Your mailbox can no longer send messages. Please reduce your mailbox size.
By Automatically clicking on OUTLOOK-PAGE  and fill out the necessary mailbox requirement to increase your mailbox Quota size.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You won't be able to receive mail messages at 499MB.

ITS help desk
(c)Copyright 2015 Microsoft
All Right Reserved

Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015
Subject: Migrate Now


You are currently using an older version of your Email. To try the newer version kindly MIGRATE for a better, faster and more secured mailbox.
ThanksWebmail ITC

From: Blackboard Learning
Date: March 5, 2015 at 1:45:08 PM CST
Subject: (Blackboard Learning) You have two important message's from your faculty


You have two course work message's from your faculty stored in your online blackboard learning.

Click below to read your message's The above link will no longer be active after this email has been read.


Blackboard IT Learning


To: Adrienne Colette Alton-Gust
Date: Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Subject: Update Your Profile Account


Welcome to University of Chicago

This is to inform you that your University of Chicago Webmail profile needs to be updated.
To access your University of Chicago Webmail Secure profile,

Click here to re-login

Update Your Profile Account

Thanks For Your Co-operation.

University of Chicago Security Team.


Your password will expire in two days time, kindly click on the  SERVICE-HELPDESK <hxxp://>   to update your old password and automatically upgrade to the latest e-mail Outlook Web Apps 2015.

If the password is not updated today, your account will be suspended in less than 12 hours

NOTE: Your log in will time out after 60 minutes. Your responses will be lost if you do not click on the "secure" button before 60 minutes lapses. There is no prompt when your 60 minute session has expired. Please save extensive comments periodically and check your time.******************************

From: Crosby, George
To: Crosby, George
Date: Monday, March 02, 2015
Subject: IT Security Service Desk


Dear Email User,
Your Outlook Web Access/App account has exceeded its storage limit. You will not be able to receive or send message. In order to restore your account please Click Here​ and login your webmail required information.
IT Security Service Desk 2015.

From: E-mail Administrator
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015
Subject: Important WebMail Update



According to our records, this account has not been ugraded to the 
WebMail 8.1.
Kindly visit the _member service area _or _Sign In _ to upgrade 

E-mail System Admin

Subject: Re


Your mail Box Will Expire In three Day Time. To Re-validate Your Email Account Click

This email may contain legally privileged and/or confidential information. If you are not the intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible for delivery of this message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this email is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please immediately notify the sender and delete this email from your computer. Your cooperation is appreciated. 

Date: February 25, 2015 at 12:53 PM
Subject: Email Exceeded Limits


 You have 2 new messages from your school faculty 

Sign In 

University of Chicago | Services


How you know this is a Phishing Scam:

If you hover over the Sign In link, you would see that it leads to a non-Uchicago site

Date: Feb 25, 2015
Subject: Your mailbox has exceeded the storage limit


Your mailbox has exceeded the storage limit which is 20GB as set by your administrator, you are currently running on 20.9GB,To re-validate your mailbox this link and visit the Site :