Emergency scam (8/25/14)

The following scam attempts to trick its victims into clicking on a malicious link, which in turn will attempt to steal their login credentials. Note the student email address, generic language, and non-VCU link, all of which are tell-tale signs of a scam. Please delete this message if you received it.

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From: Sarah JXXXX<jxxxse8@mymail.vcu.edu>
Date: Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 11:57 AM
Subject: Emergency
To:

Click or copy this link to validate your email:  http://validatexxxxxxxx.webnode.com/  (Link redacted) in other to avoid closure of your account.



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Targeted faculty termination phishing scam (8/21/14)

The following scam is specifically crafted to trick VCU faculty / staff members into providing their credentials. Note the spoofed email with the actual email address of president.a.vcu.edu@gmail.com, the attachment that loads what appears to be a VCU login site, and the wrong phone number listed in the scam. These are all tell tale signs of a scam. Please delete this email if you received it. For more information, please contact VCU helpIT center at 828-2227 or helpIT@vcu.edu.

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From: Dr. Michael Rao <president@vcu.edu> <president.a.vcu.edu@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 3:00 AM
Subject: [Faculty] List of Terminated VCU staff.
To: 


Dear XXXXXXX XXXXXXXX,
       This letter is to confirm our decision  to our Staff/Guest staff that some of us has been terminated in duties as a result of cutting expenses.
We advise all the affected Staff to  please bear with us, these listed staff are relieved of their duties until further clarifications.
 Should in case you identify your Full Names, Department, Email, Appointment date/Title, Current title,VCU card number/Phone number. Please kindly await letter on payments.
Please find the attached list and view.
Thank you.
Michael Rao, Ph.D.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Office of the President
P.O. Box 842512
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2512
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Emergency

The following email was sent out this morning to VCU faculty, staff, and students. This is a pretty blatant phishing attempt as the sender address is not from VCU, and the link to “validate” links to a 3rd party host. Please note that VCU does not require any account validation for email and will never send this type of email.

From: Vcu Alert <webaccessunit@mail.com>
Date: Sat, Aug 16, 2014 at 7:08 PM
Subject: Emergency
To: 


Click or copy this link to validate your email:  http://redacted.webnode.com/    in other to avoid closure of your account.
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Account Validation

An Account validation e-mail was sent out recently in an attempt to steal user credentials.   Note the generic language, grammatical errors, and the non-VCU link provided, all of which are tell tale signs of a scam. If you received this scam, please delete it. For more information on email and phishing scams, please contact the VCU helpIT center at 828-2227 or helpIT@vcu.edu.

From: Virginia Commonwealth University [mailto:xxx@xxx.xxx]
Sent: August 2014
To: redacted@bis.midco.net
Subject: Alert.

All our users need to validated their account by clicking Here
<link-redacted.yolasite.com/>  To upgrade the new anti spam and anti
virus guard to all our existing subscribers.

Thank you,
Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

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Inactive Alert Scam (8/12/14)

The Following scam attempts to trick its victims into clicking on a malicious link, which will subsequently direct the victim to a site that looks similar to a VCU site, and attempt to steal the login credentials from the victim. Note the generic language, grammatical errors, and the non-VCU link provided, all of which are tell tale signs of a scam. If you received this scam, please delete it. For more information on email and phishing scams, please contact the VCU helpIT center at 828-2227 or helpIT@vcu.edu.

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From: VCU Admin <admin@vcu.edu> — Spoofed email address
Date: Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 11:37 AM
Subject: Inactive Alert
To: Your VCU Email address

 

Dear Candidate,


We are deleting all inactive VCU Email accounts to create more space for new users.


Click Here (Link redacted) and login to remove your email (your VCU email address) from the list of inactive accounts due to get suspended.


Sincerely,


VCU Admin.

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Fake Job Scam (8/11/14)

This email has recently been sent out with a spoofed email address as the sender. This means that the person behind it, made the email look like it was from a legitimate VCU personnel. Obviously, the person wants to obtain personal information from any recipient of the email, and the scammer may also be looking to steal money from the victim. Please make sure you do not reply to this email as there is nothing good that will come of it. For more information on email and phishing scam, please contact the VCU helpIT center at 828-2227 or helpIT@vcu.edu

 

From: redacted@vcu.edu
 Subject: MS. Jobs ~ Opportunities.
 Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 06:02:33 -0700
 
 Job Descriptions :
 
 1. You will be assigned to visit a shop.
 2. You need to “pretend” to be a normal potential customer who is looking for a particular service or product.
 3. You will then finish an online questionnaire to share with us your customer experience.
 
 Requirements :
 
 18 Years old or above
 Can speak local language well
 Can read and write English
 No experience needed like shopping
 
 Job pay :
 
 You will get $200 for each assignment.
 Most of the time you will only need to spend 20 minutes on the visit.
 
 Give me your information for register :
 1. Name :
 2. Physical ADDSS :
 3. Citys / States / Countrys :
 4. Zip Codes :
 5. Phone :
 6. Gender :
 7. Ages :
 
 Thank you for the participation
 
 Sincerely,
 Peter Trivelli
 MS-Opportunities
 Market Force Information

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Antivirus upgrade scam (8/9/14)

The following scam attempts to trick its victims into clicking on a malicious link which then will attempt to steal the victim’s login credentials. Notice the non-VCU sender’s address, the non-VCU link, both of which are tell tale signs of a scam. Please delete this scam if you received it.

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From: “Virginia Commonwealth University” <gdshipman@bis.midco.net>
Date: August 9, 2014 at 10:23:29 EDT
To: gdshipman@bis.midco.net
Subject: Alert.

All our users need to validated their account by clicking Here (Link redacted) To upgrade the new anti spam and anti virus guard to all our existing subscribers.

Thank you,
Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Free money scam (8/5/14)

The following scam attempts to trick its victims into replying to the scammer, which will subsequently allow the scammer to try and steal personal information or money from the victim. Note the ambiguous email, the “too-good-to-be-true” offer, and the unknown sender; all of which are tell tale signs of a scam. If you received this email, please ignore and delete it. For more information on email and phishing scams, please contact the VCU helpIT center at 828-2227 or helpIT@vcu.edu.

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From: Thabo Sello <xxxxxxthabo@aol.com>
Date: Tue, Aug 5, 2014 at 2:15 PM
Subject:  Please reply for more details Jensen!!
To:

Dear Jensen,

Please view attached important message from Mr. Sello Thabo.

Attachments area
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Important Docs scam (8/1/14)

The following scam attempts to trick its victims into clicking on a link, which will subsequently steal the login credentials from the victim. Notice the non-VCU email address, generic language, the link that doesn’t go to Google; all of which are tell-tale signs of a scam. If you have received this scam, please delete it. For more information on email and phishing scams, please contact the VCU helpIT center at 828-2227 or helpIT@vcu.edu

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From: Emma XXXXXX<XXXXXXemma@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 8:45 AM
Subject: Re: Important Docs
To: 


Kindly view this newsletter I uploaded for you using Google Docs secured File uploader.
To view open: Newsletter – Doc09 (link redacted) and sign in with your email for your secure access, it’s a very important news.
Google Docs makes it easy to create, store and share online documents, spreadsheets and presentations.
Regards
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Background Check Spam (07/30/2014)

This email has been hitting VCU today, and seems to be a spam mail rather than phishing. However, since so many users are receiving it, we have decided to post it here to alert users to avoid this service. If you have received the message, please delete it.


From: Notification <Notification@power-redacted.us>
Date: Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 12:21 PM
Subject: Re: Someone ordered a background-check on you. View results. No 23144169
To: user@vcu.edu



TCNS INTERNET NOTIFICATION SERVICE

NOTIFICATION NO. 13992572. 07/2014, Dt. 07/30/2014
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IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION FOR: user@vcu.edu

This notification (#13992572) has reached you today to inform you that someone conducted
a background search on you.  This background search was conducted on 07/30/2014 at
10:17am(EST).

To view your results or find out additional information please go here now: http://today.power-redacted.us


Thank You.


TCNS INTERNET NOTIFICATION SERVICE
07/30/2014

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