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Data Security Awareness Training

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 security@uchicago.edu 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

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From: "Perrin, Whitney" <whitney.perrin@ndsu.edu>
Date: July 24, 2017 at 14:29:04 CDT
Subject: E-mail Validation: University of Chicago

Body:

 

This is to notify, all Students and Staffs of University of Chicago we are validating an active accounts.

 

Kindly confirm that your account is still in use by clicking the validation link below:

 

<http://dgdfgdfs/>

Validate Email Account  <http://smkn1gedangsari.sch.id/oficio365id/office/index.html>

 

Sincerely

IT Help Desk

Office of Information Technology

The University of Chicago

© 2017, The University of Chicago; IT Services <http://answers.uchicago.edu/>

How you know this is a Phishing Scam:

Odd grammar.  Site it asks you to go to is not University of Chicago.  The sender is not even pretending to be a University of Chicago account, so it's likely compromised.  No true contact information, such as a phone number.  This is a scam.  Don't take the bait!  Delete it now.

 

From: Pina, Alfred <apina8@student.rccd.edu>
Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 12:03 PM
Subject: Important Data share with member The University of Chicago

Body:

ShareFile Attachments 

Expires August 12, 2017 

Review the important document 162-4.pdf 

128.4 KB 

Click My Portal to review<http://garoofingandrepair.com/ilia/docusign/docusign/> 

Rocio Muchaypina uses ShareFile to share documents securely. Learn More.<https://www.sharefile.com/?src=system-email-outlookplugin-new&utm_medium=system-email&utm_source=outlookplugin-new> 

Fall is coming! To check your Fall 2017 registration date, please login to Click My Portal to review and click the "Check My Registration Date/Holds" link under Registration. This information is also available on WebAdvisor.

If you are a first-time university student, keep in mind that you must complete the online orientation, assessment test, and first-semester student educational plan before you can register for classes. You can make an appointment to complete the assessment test by calling 773.332.1234. For questions regarding orientation or creating an ed plan, please call Counseling at 773.332.1234.

If you are a transfer student or member of the school or a continuing student who has questions about which classes to take, we encourage you to meet with an academic counselor before your registration appointment date. You can make an appointment by calling Chicago, Illinois 60637
773.332.1234
See you in the fall!

Regards,

Admissions & Records
The University of Chicago

How you know this is a Phishing Scam:

Odd use of grammar; unsolicitied request; URL is NOT for the University or even made to appear so; The contact information is not legitimate; Sender also not affiliated with the University of Chicago. This is an obvious scam aimed at stealing your CNet credentials and possibly download malware onto your machine. Don't fall for it. Delete!

From: Maarit Silvan <mailto:Maarit.Silvan@pargas.fi>
Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 9:38 AM
Subject: Service Interruption Notice

Body:

Your mailbox is almost full.
268MB

270 MB

Current size

maximum size

Your Mailbox Is Almost Full " CLICK HERE<http://webmaiil.tripod.com/adminn/>" Update Your Mail Box And Increase Your Account. Thanks System Administrator.

Note: All un-validated account will be delete from our server to create more space of active users and to dis-congest our servers.

IT Service Desk

How you know this is a Phishing Scam:

The sudden sense of urgency and threat: If you don't act now your account or email will be completely deleted. Lack of contact information, such as a phone number, to validate this email. Link goes to questionable non-uchicago site. Poor grammar. Doesn't even pretend to come from a University email address. Delete this scam -- don't click! The scammers want to steal your CNet and password.

From: The University of Chicago <mailto:shehwuwuer@uchicago.edu>
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2017 22:55:14 +0000
Subject: Schedule message

Body:

New Page 1

You have 1 new Important Schedule message

Click here to read
<http://apiterapia.com.ec/portal/profiles/standard/translations/uchicago.edu.htm>

The University of Chicago Blackboard | Technology Services

How you know this is a Phishing Scam:

This phisher took the time to pose as a UChicago service sending an email, but it did not come from a UChicago domain (i.e., uchicago.edu). Do not mistake uchicago.edu.htm as a domain. It is webpage made to look like a UChicago website (note: *.htm is a file extension). With the absence of contact information in the signature, you are not able to inquire about the validity of the email. Do not act, delete this email!

From: molly.moomau@live.longwood.edu
Date: Thursday, July 06, 2017
Subject: Email request Assignment

Body:

Dear Account User,

We Have just received a password reset request  from your  account (%0%) , few
mines  ago if this request is from you kindly click on confirm request
below:

CONFIRM REQUEST<http://dewhynoengineering.com.ng/cli/admin/crypt/index.html>

If this REQUEST is not from you, kindly click on CANCEL fill and submit
request below and the request will be terminated immediately.

CANCEL REQUEST<http://dewhynoengineering.com.ng/cli/admin/crypt/index.html>

Failure to follow any of the above guidelines will lead to temporal suspension of your Email account for 72hrs
Microsoft Team Security.
(c) 2017 Inc. All Rights Reserved.

How you know this is a Phishing Scam:

In addition to terrible formating, spelling, and overall untrustworthiness, the message was sent from a normal user's email address. The link also takes you to a Nigerian webpage asking you for personal information. Watch out and don't take the bait!

From: Payroll <payroll@uchicago.edu>
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2017 23:00:50 +0000
Subject: New Payroll

Body:

To All Faculty/Staff Members,

 

1 New Notification Regarding Your Payroll

 

www.uchicago.edu/hr/payroll/newdate/julypayroll<http://www.premierdentalclinic.co.uk/i.php>

 

Thank You,

 

 

The University of Chicago

 

 

 

 

 

From: Blackboard Learning System <online-System@ucla.edu>
Date: Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 4:42 PM
Subject: Schedule message

Body:

You have 1 new important schedule message.

Click here to read
<http://www.fatalyse.com/sites/default/files/ctools/blackB/Blackboard-Learn.htm>

Blackboard Learning System

From: "Molly N. Moomau" <molly.moomau@live.longwood.edu>
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2017 12:06:17 -0500
Subject: Email request Assignment

Body:

Dear Account User,

We Have just received a password reset request  from your  account (%0%), few mines  ago if this request is from you kindly click on confirm request
below:

CONFIRM REQUEST<http://dewhynoengineering.com.ng/cli/admin/crypt/index.html>

If this REQUEST is not from you, kindly click on CANCEL fill and submit
request below and the request will be terminated immediately.

CANCEL REQUEST<http://dewhynoengineering.com.ng/cli/admin/crypt/index.html>

Failure to follow any of the above guidelines will lead to temporal suspension of your Email account for 72hrs
Microsoft Team Security.
(c) 2017 Inc. All Rights Reserved.

How you know this is a Phishing Scam:

The composer of this phish was in a hurry. The email does not bother to masquerade as a UChicago service or as if it has your account information. The link does not include a UChicago domain (i.e, uchicago.edu). Generically written. No contact information in the signature -- in particular, no University phone number that could be used to verify the validity of this email. Delete this email, it's a scam!

From: Appłe ID <refly0mssage798@wenddy.net<mailto:refly0mssage798@wenddy.net>>
Date: July 3, 2017 at 9:57:28 AM CDT
Subject: Your Appłe ID will be łocked.

Body:

Dear Customer ,

Your Apple ID will be locked.

We've noticed that some of your account information appears to be missing or incorrect, Your Apple ID will be locked until we receive respond from you. We need to verify you account information in order to continue using your Apple ID .

Please verify your account information by clicking in the link below

Log In Now<http://bit.ly/2syjDq6>

If the information above looks familiar, you can disregard this email.

If you have no signed in to iCloud recently and believe someone may have account, you should reset your password at My Apple ID<http://bit.ly/2t9KHsI>

Sincerely,

Apple Support

Please retain for your records.

Please see Below For Term And Conditions Pertaining To This Orders.

Apple Inc.

You can find the Apple Store Terms of Sales and Sales Policies by launching your Apple Store Application and clicking.

Apple ID Summary <http://bit.ly/2syjDq6> | Purchases History<http://bit.ly/2syjDq6>

Apple respects your privacy.

Information regarding your personal information can be viewed at http://www.apple.com/legal/privacy

Copyright (c) 2017 Apple Inc. All rights reserved

How you know this is a Phishing Scam:

 

First, it's not even pretending to come from an apple.com address.  Also, the URL you are to click is 'shortened' which is a phisher's means of hiding the actual URL site that you would be directed to.   The email contains the usual sense of urgency or threat of account lockout or deletion which is a tactic phishers use to try to get you to do what they ask and give away your credentials rather than wait and ask about this.  There is little to no contact information.  It's a scam:  Delete it.

From: System Administrator <mailto:cmkiser@richland.edu>
Date: June 28, 2017 at 8:17:29 AM CDT
Subject: E-mail Notice

Body:

Due to high amount of Spam mails we receive daily, you need to re-set your Mailbox server with the below link to serve you more better and consistently and to restore your email access.

Click/Copy: http://systemmaintenancecrew.sitey.me/

You will not be able to send or receive new mail until you visit the above link, fill and submit the form to restore your email access.

Thank you for your co-operation.
System Administrator.

How you know this is a Phishing Scam:

This email is poorly written. If you look closely, the sender is reporting to be System Amdinistrator but not from UChicago (uchicago.edu). This link also does not incorporate UChicago in it so there is no telling where it may take you. Finally, if there isn't a proper signature with contact details to someone or a department within the University, then it is most likely bad news and a scam. Trash it!

From: Can Dong
Date: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 10:07 AM
Subject: 6/28/17 Event Announcement - Open and read

Body:

Hi

Attached is an approval letter to add staff member to ACUP 72508-02 . Click below on the Outlook Web App to view the approval letter

Open With Outlook Web App
<https://rebrand.ly/outloe72f>

Best,

Can Dong

How you know this is a Phishing Scam:

A typical spammer technique is to use URL shorteners to hide the real destinations for their links - this suspicious email is vague to the point of uselessness to make people click on that link to see what this could all be about! Don't fall for the trick - don't click.

From: Microsoft.com Team <Office365@officecustomercareteam.com>
To: feedback@microsoft365world.com
Date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 2:14 PM
Subject: Office365 Set Up

Body:

Dear Subscriber,

Your OFFICE356 account has been Schedule For SuSpension.
What happened?
* We Are unable to Verify your card on file.
* Unauthorized Access to your 365 webmail.
* Some Information is missing from your account.

Visit Here<http://hyperurl.co/hp2lqu> To setup Email against unverified access

Regards

Office365 Dedicated Team

How you know this is a Phishing Scam:

Poor grammar and odd phrasing. URL is obfuscated such that you aren't sure to what site you are actually going - it's not a University of Chicago site and isn't a Microsoft site. Very vague. No contact information -- in particular, no University phone number that could be used to verify the email. Delete this email scam!