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: "Tansey, Alexis" <>
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Date: April 29, 2016 at 9:23:08 AM CDT
Subject: Office 365 notification


You have 2 missing messages and can not be accessed due to unusual activities on your mailbox, Click Here <> to retrieve missing messages and continue using your mailbox.


How you know this is a Phishing Scam:

The sender is not a UChicago sender, the product is not one the University of Chicago offers, and linked site is very clearly sketchy.

From: "Johnstone, Tiffany" <>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:21:41
Subject: ITS Account Update.


This is IT Service Support System, we are upgrading our login page,
Click Here <> to access login page and logon to upgrade to the latest version.

Copyright =A9 2016

Administrative Team

From: Stephens, Tom R. <>
Date: Monday, April 25, 2016 at 4:49 AM
Subject: Urgent security verification


In an effort to enhance user account security & access experience. All staffs/employees are required to complete a mandatory email verification process to upgrade from the current email security level.


Verify Now


This is to ensure maximum online protection for all staffs and employees.


IT Help Desk

From: IT Service Desk <>
To: &lt;;
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:44:46 +0000
Subject: Email Account Updates Required



Due to the strengthening our security system and improving your mailing experience, We have detected your mail settings are out of date. We want to upgrade all outlook mail boxes. To complete this procedure, kindly Click Here <> to upgrade your account to the latest Outlook Web Apps 2016, login to the Microsoft Exchange outlook admin system and automatically upgrade your mailbox by filling out the requirements correctly.

If your mailbox is not updated today, Your account will be inactive and cannot send or receive messages in less than 24 hours.

IT Service Desk

From: library <>
Date: Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 8:22 AM
Subject: Library Account Access


Dear User,

Your library account has expired, therefore you must reactivate it
immediately or it will be closed automatically. If you intend to use this
service in the future, you must take action at once!
To reactivate your account, simply visit the following page and login with
your library account.

Login Page: <>


The University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street Chicago Illinois 60637