Alert: Phishing scams circulating
A few phishing attacks are circulating on campus, one warning about email limits, another attempting to extort money, and another about hijacked computers requiring Bitcoin payment. Senders may appear to have a UW-Whitewater account by spoofing a campus email address.
DO NOT ENGAGE with suspicious emails! Phishing scams try to get you to respond to an email by clicking on a corrupted link/attachment or providing personal and financial information. They want to catch you off guard.
Never provide personal information and take the time to assess the message before responding. Spot phishing attacks using the following tips:
- Do you see the EXTERNAL EMAIL flag at the top of the email?
- Is it offering money or work or asking for your information or help?
- Is the offer too good to be true?
- Does it have a generic greeting or signature?
- Is the message urgent or very important, asking you to act immediately?
- Do you see grammatical errors?
Answering yes to any of these indicates the email may be a scam. Do not click or respond if you notice anything suspicious or do not recognize the sender! 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 information to other criminals.
If you see any suspicious emails, please attach them and send them to email@example.com. Be sure to report all suspected information security incidents, such as lost/stolen devices, emails with high-risk data sent to inappropriate individuals, compromised accounts, security breaches, etc., to the Help Desk.
Contact the Help Desk if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-472-4357.