Important Notice Scam (9/19/14)

The following scam attempts to steal its victim’s login information by tricking the victim into clicking on a malicious link. Notice the non-VCU sender’s address, non-VCU link, generic language; all of which are tell-tale signs of an email scam. If you have received this scam, 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: Admin VCU <hgeltzer@stern.nyu.edu>
Date: Mon, Jun 3, 2013 at 12:48 AM
Subject: URGENT: IMPORTANT NOTICE
To: 


Dear,

The management of Virginia Commonwealth University have mandated that all staffs and faculties should register for SpamKiller to help control spam emails sent to our Mail Server.

Register Now for FREE! by Downloading the attached SpamKiller Page and login with your Virginia Commonwealth University e-mail details.

This is mandatory to help improve our email services, do not ignore this message.

Thank you for your understanding!

Best Regards,

Management of Virginia Commonwealth University

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Email update scam (9/18/14)

The following scam attempts to steal its victim’s login credentials by tricking the victim to click on a malicious link. Note the generic language, poor grammar, and non-VCU link, all of which are tell-tale signs of a phishing scam. If you have received this message, please delete it. For more information on phishing and email scams, please contact the VCU helpIT center at 828-2227 or helpIT@vcu.edu
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From: Virginia Commonwealth University <xxxxxx@vcu.edu>
Date: Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 7:54 PM
Subject: Email Update
To: 

Dear User,

Your e-mail ID needs to be updated with F-Secure R-HTK4S
new version anti-spam/anti-virus/anti-spyware 2014.CLICK HERE (Link redacted, linked to non-VCU site)  to update

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VCU Alert scam (9/9/14)

The following scam attempts to steal your login credentials, notice the suspicious subject, generic language, and non-VCU site; all of which are tell tale signs of a scam. Please delete this email if you received it. For more information, please contact the VCU helpIT center at 828-2227 or helpIT@vcu.edu

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From: Jasmine Pease <pexxxx@mymail.vcu.edu>
Date: September 9, 2014 at 10:29:54 AM EDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject: VCU Alert

Click or copy this link to validate your email:  http://xxxxxxxx.altervista.org/index.php  in other to avoid closure of your account.
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Urgent Message Scam (9/8/14)

The following scam attempts to steal a victim’s credentials. Note the spoofed VCU admin email address, non-VCU link, and generic language, all of which are tell-tale signs of a scam. Please delete this scam if you received it. Contact helpIT@vcu.edu or 828-2227 for questions or concerns.

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From: VCU Admin <admin@vcu.edu>
Date: Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 9:26 AM
Subject: Urgent Message
To: xxxxxxxx@vcu.edu




Dear Candidate,
We are suspending all inactive VCU email accounts to create space for new users.
Click Here (Malicious link redacted) and login your email (xxxxxxx@vcu.edu) to keep your account active.
VCU Admin.

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Suspended Accounts (9/8/14)

The most recent attempt is using a scare tactic to force users to click on the link. Once directed, the link will bring the recipient to a form which asks for various pieces of personal information.

Please remember that VCU does not ever ask for your password.

 

 


Dear Candidate,
We are suspending all inactive VCU email accounts to create space for new users.
Click Here and login your email (helpIT@vcu.edu) to keep your account active.
VCU Admin.

 

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Wells Fargo Banking Scam (9/5/2014)

The following scam attempts to steal your login credentials to Wells Fargo bank. Note the non-Wells Fargo email address (from my-wellsfargo-account.com, rather than wellsfargo.com), the non-Wells Fargo link, and the generic language, all of which are tell-tale signs of a scam. If you have received this scam, please delete it. For more information please contact VCU helpIT center at 828-2227 or helpIT@vcu.edu

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From: “WellsFargo Customers” <notice@my-wellsfargo-account.com>
Date: September 5, 2014 at 6:46:57 AM EDT
To:
Subject: WellsFargo Notice

WellsFargo Profile
Please login and confirm your personal and security details.

WellsFargo Profile (Malicious link redacted)

We periodically review our operations and business practices to make sure they comply with the corporate policies and procedures we follow to protect confidential information.
We may share information with service providers with whom we work, such as data processors and companies that help us market products and services to you. When permitted or required by law, we may share information with additional third parties for purposes including response to legal process.

© 2014 WellsFargo

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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 (8/18/14)

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 (8/13/14)

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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