Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we have seen a sharp increase in phishing attacks against SMU. We wanted to make you aware of two specific phishing campaigns that have impacted campus users recently. Continue reading University Sees Increase in Phishing Messages During Pandemic
We are currently experiencing a number of reports of an email about a work opportunity: this is a phishing campaign targeting students. Our team has put measures in place to reduce the influx of these messages, but if you do receive one, please do not respond.
In this particular sample, the scammers put the whole email in a PDF document to evade the spam filter. Please see the FTC’s Anatomy of a fake check scam for more information about these types of fake check scams. Continue reading “Work Opportunity” Email: Phishing Notice
You may have received an email earlier today that appeared to come from someone you know. The subject of the email message varies, but they all have button stating “Read this message.” This is a phishing email and is not legitimate. Please delete this message. If you clicked on the link, please contact the IT Help Desk at 214-768-HELP or 214-768-4357 immediately.
Thank you for your continued diligence in exercising caution with suspicious emails.
As we begin the Spring semester, we would like to remind you to be diligent in watching for phishing emails. Over the last several weeks, OIT has been notified by a number of faculty and staff members who have received messages that appear to come from supervisors. The email will urgently request that the individual purchase a gift card (Walmart, iTunes, etc.). The emails have used an external email address like email@example.com instead of their SMU email address.
The phisher will request that the gift card numbers and pin need to be emailed or texted to the supervisor. These scammers do their research to get the name of the boss and details of his/her employees. Tracing their source is very difficult.
Don’t be fooled!
Below is the sample email exchange in chronological order. Never comply with a request like this and always confirm either in person or with a phone call with the supervisor to make sure this is not a scam. In the example exchange below, Sally ABC is the chair of the Alternative History department of “univ.edu” and was spoofed by the bad guys. Dave XYZ is Sally ABC’s personal assistant.
From: Sally ABC<firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Dave XYZ <email@example.com> Subject: Respond There is something I need you to do. Can you get this done ASAP? I need couple of Walmart gift cards (worth $100) for some a giveaway for a student club. Please get the physical card from the store. I need to send them out in less than an hour. When you get the cards, scratch out the back to reveal the card codes, and email me the codes. I am going into a meeting now with limited phone calls, so just reply my email. Sally ABC Sent from my iPad ----------------------------- Subject: Re: Respond From: Dave XYZ <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Sally ABC<email@example.com> Sally, Find below the codes below: Xxxxx 12234 xxxyyy Abcde 12345 12344 Sent from my iPhone ------------------------
SMU Human Resources has circulated a notice that several SMU employees were targets of a phishing campaign masquerading as the managing services for the University’s Health Savings Account (HSA). Unfortunately, the phishing incident occurred shortly before BenefitWallet sent legitimate direct emails about the member portal upgrade to SMU employees enrolled in an HSA.
Details from the original BenefitsU notice from HR is below: Continue reading Phishing Alert: HSA Important Message Email