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Nov. 22 Phishing Attempt

November 22, 2017

On Wednesday November 22st, many UM students, faculty and staff began receiving an email with the subject “E-mail User”.
This email is a “phishing” attack, an attempt to trick individuals into revealing private information, such as their UM usernames and passwords. If you received this email, please delete it. If you replied to the email or clicked the embedded links, please contact the IS&T Solution Center at 205-665-6512.
Below is a screenshot of the phishing email:

 

Nov. 21 Phishing Attempt

All,

There have been several spam/fake emails being delivered lately. Most of these appear to be coming from an IT Department and are asking users to validate their Email Address. The current email actually claims to be from Montevallo’s IT department. For example:

The IS&T Department will never send out emails like these:

Please take some time to re-visit how to identify viruses in emails to avoid possibly opening and getting infected with the virus.

1. Look at the sender’s email address – These email addresses can be spoofed to look like someone you know, but also, they could be one that has a different country’s domain on it (example.com.ru, or support@microsoft.com.ru<mailto:support@microsoft.com.ru>)

2. Look at the Subject line – Does it create a sense of urgency? These are typically viruses. Does it have 1 word in it but appears to be a response like “Re: Document”? – This is also a tell tell sign of a virus.

3. Look at the body of the message – If the sender is a recognized sender, does it follow their normal emailing criteria – Does it have a salutation – is it directed to you specifically, or is it generic (Hi, vs Hi Adam,). Does it have a signature for the person who sent it? Does it match the name of the person you identified in the email address above? Does it have the company’s contact information and/or graphics that you’ve been accustomed to seeing if you’ve received mail from them before?

4. Look at the content of the body – Is it just asking you to open a file or go to a website link? Does it create a sense of urgency? With viruses, the purpose of the body is to entice you to open the attachment or link. A common method is by fear and urgency.

If you have any questions about the validity an email, please contact the Solution Center.

Nov. 21 Phishing Attempt

November 21, 2017

On Tuesday November 21st, many UM students, faculty and staff began receiving an email with the subject “The Academic Advancement Program Scholarship 2017”.

This email is a “phishing” attack, an attempt to trick individuals into revealing private information, such as their UM usernames and passwords. If you received this email, please delete it. If you replied to the email or clicked the embedded links, please contact the IS&T Solution Center at 205-665-6512.

 

Nov. 14 Phishing Attempt

   November 14th, 2017

On Tuesday November 14th, many UM students, faculty and staff began receiving an email with the subject “Employee Benefits”.  The email was sent to “Local Members” and appeared to be from a sender called “Local Members”.

This email is a “phishing” attack, an attempt to trick individuals into revealing private information, such as their UM usernames and passwords. If you received this email, please delete it.  If you replied to the email or clicked the embedded links, please contact the IS&T Solution Center at 205-665-6512.

 

 

Nov. 10 Phishing Attempt

November 10, 2017

Beginning Friday November 10th, many UM students, faculty and staff began receiving an email with the subject “Migrating”.
This email is a “phishing” attack, an attempt to trick individuals into revealing private information, such as their UM usernames and passwords. If you received this email, please delete it.  If you replied to the email or clicked the embedded link, please contact the IS&T Solution Center at 205-665-6512.

Below is a screenshot of the phishing email:

 

Nov. 6 Phishing Attempt

November 6, 2017

Beginning Saturday November 4th, many UM students, faculty and staff began receiving an email with the subject “Mail Update,”.
This email is a “phishing” attack, an attempt to trick individuals into revealing private information, such as their UM usernames and passwords. If you received this email, please delete it.  If you replied to the email or clicked the embedded link, please contact the IS&T Solution Center at 205-665-6512.

This specific phishing attack is particularly concerning, due to its use of our University of Montevallo logo and school colors.

Below is a screenshot of the phishing email:

PDF of phishing

 

 

 

Below is a screenshot of the phishing email:

Oct. 9 Phishing Attempt

October 12th, 2017

Beginning Monday October 9th, many UM students, faculty and staff began receiving an email with the subject “Account User”. This email is a “phishing” attack, an attempt to trick individuals into revealing private information, such as their UM usernames and passwords. If you received this email, please delete it.  If you replied to the email, please contact the IS&T Solution Center at 205-665-6512.

Below is a screenshot of the phishing email:

a picture of the Phishing email from 10/9/2017