Latest Email Scams

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Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:31:08 +0000
Subject: RE: Last Warning (Outlook account )


Dear Outlook User,

Your Outlook account Password expires today and you are here by to reset your password Within 24 hours else your outlook account will be disable from our database. To update your password click on Confirm Password<>

Thank you for using Outlook email service.

How you know this is a Phishing Scam:

Not a very good phishing example - clear non-University sender and clear non-University destination. We grade this phish an F for poor grammar, generally weak punctuation and capitalization, and an overall lack of effort.

From: Administrator <>
Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016 6:31 AM
Subject: [Secure Mail] Important Immediate Action Required


A message to terminate your email account 

The process has begun by our administrator. 

Because we have detected an irregular activity. 

Please give us 2 hours to terminate your account OR. 

Sign in here to cancel termination <>  

Failure to cancel termination will result to closure of your account 

University of Chicago

From: "Alkhalifa, Mansour Abdula" <>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 20:20:20 +0000
Subject: Re-Validate To Secure Your Account


Recently, we have detect some unusual activity on your account and as a result, all email users are urged to update their email account within 24 hours of receiving this e-mail, using the update link: Click Here <> to confirm that your email account is up to date with the institution requirement.

Thanks for your Co-Operation.



ITS Services Desk

Copyright (c) 2016 Chicago University,All rights reserved.

From: Shahad Hamed Mohammed Alomrani <>
Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016 3:01 PM
Subject: UPDATE


Due to database maintenance equipment that is happening in our mail message center. Our chicago University message center must be reset due to the large number of spam messages we receive daily in our database. The maintenance of quarantine will help us avoid this dilemma every day and with the new improved software will provides our chicago University with a secure mail system and new security system to protect our chicago University users from getting their chicago University accounts being hacked.


To validate your chicago University Email mailbox, kindly Click Here <>

to visit the chicago University customer secure LINK specified on this email and fill out the account validation form to validate your chicago University email powered account:




(c) 2016 Chicago University 5801 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637, United States


From: Rodney Parker <>
To: Rodney Parker &lt;;
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:30:16 +0000
Subject: Notification.


Welcome to the new outlook web app for Staff and Students

The new Outlook Web app for Staff/Student is the new home for online self-service and information.

Click on Login here <> and login to:

* access the new staff directory

* access your pay slips and P60s

* update your ID photo

* look up student records using the contact search facility

* use our quick links at the bottom of each page to help you find relevant tools and information