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Alert: Be aware of email scams

January 27, 2017
Urgent Update: New Email Phishing Scam!

Several scam emails have gone out to the University community appearing to be from President Kaler. Phishing emails (fraudulent messages aimed at stealing your passwords or other sensitive information) look authentic and even cautious people can be tricked.

Phishing attacks have been increasing globally and at the University of Minnesota. While our technology team works hard to reduce the impact from these threats, it is impossible to eradicate them all. This has become a reality of the world we live in.

Information Security experts agree that to be effective, we need three components: technologies, policies, and individuals to adopt safe computing practices. In other words, we must all do our part to protect ourselves and our University.

What you can do

  1. Please remain highly vigilant when viewing your emails. Frequently, phishing attacks will have some kind of threat with dire consequences unless you act quickly. If the message seems suspicious, before completing the requested action, contact the source of the email directly or reach out to Technology Help.

  2. Visit our recognize and report email scams page to learn how to keep your computers, mobile devices and data safe, both at home and at the U.

  3. Report all suspicious email to phishing@umn.edu.

  4. For University Employees: Opt into Duo Two-Factor Protection for Direct Deposit and W-2. If your password were to get stolen, this service offers an additional layer of protection. It requires both your password (something you know) and a verification from your smartphone, telephone, or tablet (something only you have).