Archive | August 27, 2012

Random link scam (8/27/12)

The following scam is intended to trick its victims into clicking on the link, and then delivering malware and / or spyware to the victim’s computer. Keep in mind, when you don’t know the sender and there is a random link contained in the email, please do not click on the link. Further, before clicking on a link, you should always hover your mouse pointer over the link to see its actual destination address. If you have received this or any similar emails, please ignore and delete them. For more information on phishing and scam emails, please contact VCU HelpIT at 828-2227 or


From:        Corrine Thomas <>
Date:        08/27/2012 03:11 PM
Subject:        for Elizabeth

hxxp://  (Link redacted)
8/27/2012 12:09:52 PM 

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Paypal Phishing Scam (8/27/12)

The following scam attempts to lure its victims in providing their PayPal account information to the cyber criminals. Note the generic message, sense of urgency, and attached web page file. If you have received this or 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: “Payflow” (
Date: Fri, Aug 24, 2012 11:52 PM
Subject Your account has been locked


Dear Payflow Customer :

We are sorry to inform you that account has been locked.
In order to update it please dowload the file attached 
to this e-mail and follow the steps.
Thank you for using Payflow!

PayPal Security Center Team

[Attachment Payflow_login.html Deleted]
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User Quarantine Release Scam (8/27/12)

The following phishing email scam attempts to trick its victims into submitting their personal information to a malicious site. The tell tale signs of this scam includes generic language, non-VCU link, non-VCU sender, and the sense of urgency relayed in the message. If you have received this message or any similar messages, please ignore and delete them from your inbox. For questions on phishing or email scams, please contact the VCU HelpIT center at 828 – 2227 or
From: “Allen, Chuck (DNR)” []
Sent: 08/27/2012 05:30 AM AST
Subject: User Quarantine Release Notification.

Dear Subscriber,

The IT Help Desk is carrying out a routine quarantine exercise, as part of our quarterly server (inactive email-accounts / spam protecting etc) clean-up process to enable service upgrade/migration efficiency. Please be informed that your account usage will be fully restricted if you do not adhere to this notice.

For immediate Quarantine of your account, Click Here (hxxp://, Link redacted) and provide the information requested. (This will confirm your account login/usage
Frequency / account continuation potentials):

All IT Service utilities will not be altered during this period; this will not affect the operation of your IT service systems or the manner in which you currently login to your account. However, failure to respond to this notification may result to technical problems on your Internet access and e-mail service or may render your email account permanently deactivated from the webmaster Database. You will be sent a password reset notice after undergoing this process for confirmation.

Help Desk
Information Technology
© 2012 All rights reserved.

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