Campus leadership phishing email alert
Please be aware of a recent phishing campaign targeting UW-Whitewater faculty and staff. These specific emails are claiming to come from someone from campus leadership (deans, provost, etc.) and are being sent via Gmail accounts. They are asking you to provide your phone number in order to send you an urgent text.
DO NOT ENGAGE with this email. This is a scam.
As a member of the campus community we ask that you stay vigilant and be on the lookout for scams like these. Below are some helpful tips to identify a potential phishing email:
- The email address is not coming from a UW-Whitewater account
- Check the user’s email address and make sure you recognize them
- Is the offer too good to be true?
- Generic greetings/generic signature
- Offering money or a job, asking for your personal info or your help
- The message is urgent or very important and urges you to act immediately
- Look for grammatical errors; many times the attacker will rush to get the message out
- If you notice anything suspicious at all, do not respond
- When in doubt, please contact the Help Desk
Never give out your personal information through an email, especially to someone you do not know. Cybercriminals will use this info against you to steal from you, copy your identity or sell your info to other criminals.
If you see any suspicious emails, please attach them and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.