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Example 239: Are you available? Business Email Exploit/Compromise

Business email exploits are a social engineering scam we see every day at the University.

Example 238: Retirement Scam for University Personnel

Planning for retirement can be complex and emotional, and many people seek guidance and assurance that they are doing it “right”.

Example 237: Student job for you! $400 per week!

Scams offering student employment are common at the University of Minnesota. Recently, there’s been a significant increase in the number of scams that are being attempted and the volume of recipients.

Example 235: Expiration Notice

Phishing targeted at Canvas users This phishing scam was sent to a short list of UMN individuals with the subject “Expiration Notice”. 

Example 234: Payroll Schedule

This phishing scam was sent to a public UMN Google Group with the subject 'Payroll Schedule'. A version of the message is included below.

Defending Against COVID-19 Cyber Scams

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released the following notice on March 6, 2020,

Advisory: Holiday Shopping, Phishing, and Malware Scams

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users to be aware of potential holiday scams.

Example 233: Tutor Needed

Members of the University community have received a fake job offer email aimed at financial fraud.

Advisory: FBI Releases Article on Defending Against Phishing and Spearphishing Attacks

In recognition of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released an article to raise awareness of phishing and spearphishing. The article provides guidance on recognizing and avoiding these types of attacks.

Example 231: Voice Message from ....

A compromised University account was used to send a fake voicemail message aimed at stealing accounts.

Advisory: Who Was that Masked Emailer?

Adept email scammers fake the "From" address in emails to look like a real sender.