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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 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

Stay informed

Date: Monday, February 20, 2017 at 2:04 PM
Subject: IT Help Desk


Today Monday 20th of February, 2017. We are shutting down your present Web-mail to create space for the 2017 Outlook Web Access with a high visual definition and Space. This service creates more space and easy access to email. Please update your account by clicking on the link below and fill information for activation.


Follow the procedure and complete information by clicking SUBMIT. A new space will be created within 48 hours.

Thank you for understanding.
IT Help Desk.

From: Mr John Lisa Robinson <>
To: Mr John Lisa Robinson <>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:11:35
Subject: Help Desk Admin/Cleanup Team


To All Faculty & Staff, This is to inform you that we are currently upgrading all Mailbox Quota to 50GB inbox space for all Staff/Employee/Faculty and also conducting a General Mailbox Cleanup routine. This is done to improve the security and efficiency due to recent spam mails received. Click Here <> to verify your Mailbox to Switch to the current Outlook Webmail 2017 with 50GB inbox space. Please Note That: We will start deactivating unverified and inactive Mailbox Accounts after 24 hours of receiving this message. Thanks Help Desk Admin/Cleanup Team.

From: Ashley Parker <>
Date: February 17, 2017 at 8:53:24 AM CST
Subject: Re: Admission Status Denied, Requirements and Application


Dear Sir/Madam, My name is Ashley Parker and I am from Vietnam, I applied for the last academic session in your institution through my Agent, I was made to pay tuition fees, admission fee, accommodation and others but my admission was denied. Attached is the detailed information as regarding my Admission, Agent and Payment details for your kind verification. Kindly use your office to verify and give me valid information regarding my application status. Thank you!

How you know this is a Phishing Scam:

This phish had a PDF attachment that hid a link that ultimately went to a destination asking for a username and password. The PDF itself wasn't a virus - just a way to hide the real destination the bad guys want you to visit. Never trust unsolicited emails with mysterious attachments!

From: Melanie Fries <>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:39:24 +0000
Subject: IT System Alerts


This e-mail has been sent to you by Outlook Web App If you do not agree to update your account, your email account will be blocked.

Click Her<> to update

IT-Service Help Desk

How you know this is a Phishing Scam:

The sender's email address is not a UChicago email address and there is no contact information which would allow the recipient to call or write to verify the authenticity of the email.  The link does not have a domain associated with it either. 

From: Rose Volkes <>
Date: Monday, February 13, 2017 8:39 AM
Subject: mail extension


Your 2017 mail extension is due . please follow the  Login Instructions
below to extend your E-mail account.

Login Instructions:
The link to Extend your email  can be accessed in the following ways:

   Internally or through SSL VPN access via:

   Remotely via:  <

To log in:  Enter your email account, Email Address, User Name and
Password.  Make sure this is the same User Name and Password used to log into your Email account.

How you know this is a Phishing Scam:

This phish is poorly written and formatted, referring to a process we do not have at the University. The sender's email address is not a UChicago email address and there is no contact information which would allow the recipient to call or write to verify the authenticity of the email. The links do not have a domain and should not be visited. Never enter your personal information into sites with which you are not familiar.