Phishing email alert
There is a phishing attack circulating on campus that we would like to make you aware of. The email subject line varies but is something similar to "PART TIME JOB." It claims to come from NBC seeking applicants to earn money by driving personal vehicles with the decal of the “2022 Winter Olympics.”
DO NOT ENGAGE with this email. This is a scam.
Phishing scams are designed to get you to respond to the email either by clicking on a corrupted link/attachment or providing personal and financial information.
Recently, more elaborate scams are coming from someone impersonating a person from 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?
- Does it have a generic greeting or signature?
- Is it offering money or a job, or 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 to email@example.com.
Please contact the Help Desk if you have any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 262 472 4357.