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Phishing Scams Targeting the University

See the latest information security alerts and examples of phishing scams sent to University email accounts.

Recent Posts

February 12, 2019 - 2:15pm

By Joel Anderson


The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an article addressing a rise in reports of internet romance scams. In this type of fraud, cyber criminals gain the confidence of their victims and trick them into sending money. Use caution when online dating, and never send money or gifts to someone you have not met in person.

February 12, 2019 - 2:15pm

By Joel Anderson


The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an article addressing a rise in reports of internet romance scams. In this type of fraud, cyber criminals gain the confidence of their victims and trick them into sending money. Use caution when online dating, and never send money or gifts to someone you have not met in person.

February 4, 2019 - 4:30pm

By Joel Anderson

From the FBI - a case study in phishing directed at a University's resources:

Two men who were citizens of Nigeria, living in Malaysia, and conducting their crimes from behind computers likely assumed they were safe from the reach of American law enforcement when they hacked into university computer systems to steal paychecks and tax returns.

January 3, 2019 - 3:45pm

By Joel Anderson

This is the new place to look for examples of phishing being directed at the University community, as well as security advice and advisories.
December 10, 2018 - 2:30pm

By Joel Anderson

Image of Google Doc and linked Fake Login Form

Google doc containing phishing link sent to steal login information.

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Report Phishing

If you receive a phishing scam to your University email address, forward it to us at phishing@umn.edu, and include complete headers. (Note: If you have difficulty forwarding a phishing message, send a summary of the email, including the sender and subject to phishing@umn.edu.)

We will:

  • Block the return email addresses
  • Notify a website's administrators if a website is used to collect replies
  • Block access from the U network to the website
  • Notify other schools
  • Tune our rules that flag email as spam

What's Your Email Worth?

illustration of the data about you that can access through a hacked email account

Brian Krebs recently provided a sobering analysis of "The Value of a Hacked Email Account." Please share this with anyone who needs to be reminded that they shouldn't share their password with anyone!

Previous Phishing Examples

View examples of phishing scams targeting the U from 2012-2018 at phishing.it.umn.edu.