Good morning UW-W students,
There is a current phishing attack circulating on campus that we would like to make you aware of. The email is claiming to come from the "Student Empowerment Program" and is offering $350 a week to work and study.
DO NOT ENGAGE any further with this email. This is a scam.
Phishing scams are designed to get you to respond to the email and provide personal and financial information.
Recently, more elaborate scams have been coming from someone impersonating someone at UW-Whitewater or from someone offering a job for a substantial amount of money. They are hoping to catch you off guard with an offer that sounds too good to be true.
Never provide any personal information and take the time to look at the entire message before you decide to respond. Below are some tips for spotting these scams.
Phishing attacks can be spotted using the following tips:
- 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 information against you to steal from you, copy your identity or sell your information to other criminals.
If you see any suspicious emails, please attach them and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.