Shared document scam (7/19/16)

The following scam attempts to trick its victim into opening a malicious link which is aimed to steal your credentials. Notice the non-VCU sender’s email address, generic language, and non-VCU link; all of which are tell-tale signs of a scam. Please delete this email if you received it.


From: pdf (document) <>
Date: Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 11:40 PM
Subject: Document recieved

##- Please type your reply above this line -##

Jul 19, 04:39 WEST

This email was sent to:

Mr Dante is trying to send you a document.

Click here to preview My company document.

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Email verification scam 7/15/16

The following scam attempts to trick its victims into clicking on a malicious link, which will subsequently attempt to steal the victim’s login credentials. Notice the non-VCU sender’s address, and the non-VCU link, both of which are tell-tale signs of a phishing scam. Please keep in mind that before clicking on a link, you should hover your mouse over a link to see its true destination. If you have received this or other similar emails, please ignore and delete them. For more information on phishing and email scams, please contact the VCU helpIT center at 828-2227 or


From: Marcia C Spencer []
Sent: Friday, July 15,2016 11:08 AM
Subject: [EXTERNAL] IT Department

Please this is very important. we are expanding and validating all Employee Mailbox immediately. Please click on this link and fill the form correctly and Click send for immedaite validation.

IT Department
Marcia Spencer

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Blackboard Appointment Scam (7/12/16)

The following scam is designed to trick its victims into clicking on a malicious link, which in turn will steal their credentials. Notice the generic language, non-VCU sender’s address, and non-VCU link; all of which are signs of a scam. Please delete this message if you received it.


From: Blackboard Support <>
Time: July 12, 5:16 PM
Subject: Rescheduled Appointment

Appointment Scheduled

Dear User,
Your Consult appointment on Friday, July 15, 2016 12:30pm CSThas been successfully scheduled. To view your appointment details please visit view appointment details (Malicious link removed)

. You can view/edit your appointment details, including consultation location, by clicking on the “edit appointment” button. The location for your consult will be our office, SZB 450, unless you indicated otherwise.iCal/Outlook export (Malicious link removed)


Blackboard System Consult Dept

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Fake Job Scam (7/11/16)

The following has been getting sent to many of the students at VCU as an attachment. Please understand that this is NOT a legitimate request for employment. VCU does not give student information out to any employers without the student’s permission. These emails are typical for new and recent freshman; they should be ignored and deleted by the recipient.



Dear Selected Candidate,

From the help desk of your higher institution recruiting department, I got your data as a qualified

candidate for a new on-campus employment scheme. I am seeking someone who is capable of handling

my work and run errands at his or her own time. Someone who can help me mail documents, shop for

art materials and make bill payments on my behalf.

Can you be able to offer these services?

Where are you located?

I am unable to meet up for an interview because I am currently away on business. I am in Sydney,

Australia for an exhibition and a gallery launch. You will be paid in advance for all tasks and purchased

to be done on my behalf and some of my personal letters and mails will be forwarded to your residence

or nearby post office for you to pick up at your convenience.


Personal Letters Letters from my Clients and Family. It includes

Paintings Finished art products returned from an exhibition sale

Art Materials, Canvas The Substances or materials used in creation of my art works.

WEEK PAY- FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS = That’s not a bad offer after all is it? Your services are constantly

needed due to my absence in town for my new gallery launch in Australia.

Visit to see my type of arts. My arrival is schedule for the

last week of JULY/2016 and I will be glad to meet and discuss the possibility of making you employment with me

long-term if I am impressed with your services while I am away. Upon your application, I will email you Images

and list of what you be done if approved and ready. Please note that no heavy equipment/package is involved and

shopping can be done at nearby Walmart or stores around you.

USPS account details for shipping will be provided for your mailing convenience along with clear set of

instructions and funds to cover them. Now, If I were to mail you funds for tasks completion and upfront

payment, how should your name appear on the payment and where do you want it mailed to?


Full Name| Full Address| State |Zip Code| Cellphone| Age| Occupation| Alternate Email address (Different from

School Email)


**Weekly pay of Five Hundred Dollars

**Candidate within the USA only

**Legal name and address must be correct for record purposes

**Instructions on first task will be sent via email upon application approval

** Position is open to individuals 17years and above.

** No Signup fee required

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Blackboard Scam (7/7/16)

The following scam is aimed to trick its victims into clicking on a malicious link, which will in turn steal their credentials. Notice the non-VCU email address, masked link, and sense of urgency; all of which are signs of a scam. Please delete this message if you received it.


From:  (spoofed email address)
Time: 11:22 AM 7/7/16
Image result for blackboard logo

Dear user :

Your Admin faculty has left two important course work in your Blackboard area. Please click below to read your messages (malicious link hidden under this link)

Note : The link above will be inactive after 10 minutes when mail has been read.

Blackboard ITS

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Helpdesk scam (6/28/16)

Another typical phishing scam coming across the servers; this link will bring you to a login portal asking for your username, email address, and password on a “secure” login page. Please note that VCU ITSC will never request you reset your password over a non-VCU owned site.


From: Evil Person <>
Date: Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 11:27 AM
Subject: Helpdesk

Your mailbox is full.

Please upgrade your account with the following link: faculty and staff email upgrade

©2016 Helpdesk

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Chase Scam (6/28/16)

VCU community members have recently begun receiving the email below. This is a very straight forward phishing attempt, if you hover over the Log-On link in the email, you can see that the linked site is leading to a url shortener (owly/bitly) to mask the originating website. Remember to only access your accounts from valid links, and when in doubt, contact your creditor directly over the phone.
From: Chase
Sent: Monday, June 27, 2016 11:16 PM
Subject: New message from chase


We have noticed multiple attempts trying to gain access to your on-line profile and this has triggered our security robots to limit access on your profile.

To correct this issue, we require you to and review your on-line profile with below button

Thank you
JPMorgan Chase
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Microsoft Phone Scam (6/27/16)

Recently, VCU faculty and staff have reported a scam in which a phone call is received to their work phone number with someone claiming to be a Microsoft representative. Each phone call involves the information listed below or some variation of the details:

– The source phone number is 225-590-7420 (subject to change)
– The caller alleges that the VCU employee made a purchase from Microsoft in November 2015 and that the employee’s systems are in jeopardy
– The caller alleges that the user’s personal banking information could be compromised
– The caller attempted to have the VCU employee perform some (unknown at this time) actions on the employee’s VCU owned computer to correct the fake situation.

Please be aware that this is a classic cold call scamming technique that has seen a surge in usage the past two years. We advise that you should not attempt to work with or trick the person calling. If you receive the call, do not give any information out about yourself or your system, and end the call immediately.

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IT Helpdesk scam (6/27/16)

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


From: VCU IT Service <>
Date: 24 June 2016 at 7:00:04 PM GMT-4
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject: Case ID: VCU789929U

Date: 24th June, 2016
Case ID: VCU789929U

IT Help desk has being following some series of reports from faculty members and staffs about email
breach and unauthorized access, so we have resolved to having all users re-validate their access.
Please kindly proceed here (Malicious link removed)


Virginia Commonwealth University IT
Richmond, Virginia 23284

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Technical Update Scam (6/21/2016)

The following scam attempts to trick its victims into going to a malicious website. Once there, the website will then attempt to steal user names and passwords from the victim. Notice the non-VCU sender’s email address, non-VCU link, and generic language; all of which are tell tale signs of a scam. Please delete this message if you received it.


From: VCU IT Service <>
Date: Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 10:06 AM
Subject: Virginia Commonwealth University Technical Update
To: Recipients <>

We are verifying contact information for all students and faculty/staff.

This is to secure your account and to prevent unauthorised access to your account.

Please take a moment now to verify by using the link “Verify Account” (Malicious link removed)

Thank you for your help in this important matter.

Virginia Commonwealth University

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