Archive | April 9, 2018

New Email System 2018

The following is a scam in which the victim is being informed that VCU has decided to go with a new email system. The user will need to either postpone the change or opt-out completely, both links are provided. In actuality both links are a scam. Upon clicking the links the scammer will steal the victim’s information or infect the victim’s machine with malware.

Some signs this is a scam are; the email change is unannounced on VCU’s Technology Site (https://ts.vcu.edu/), there is no announcement to back up the statement of a new email system. The email address in which the sender is using is not a service account, the email signature doesn’t match up to email address. All of these are signs of a scam.

If you have received this email please delete it.
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From: adbarnes@richmondrep.us
Date: Mon, Apr 9, 2018 at 11:01 AM
Subject: New Email System 2018
To: Victim@vcu.edu

Congratulations Faculty/Staff Member,

You have been randomly selected to beta test VCUs new email system. This new system provides many new and exciting features that we are excited about. This includes the abilities to recall emails with errors as well as notify you when sent email is read by the recipient. Unfortunately, due to our current contract, old email will not be transfered into the new system. Your account will automatically convert at the end of business today. If you would like to postpone this transition or opt-out, please click one of two links below.

Click here to Postpone (3 days) (Malicious Link Removed)

Click here to Opt-out (Malicious Link Removed)

Sincerely,

VCU Technology Services

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[EXTERNAL], Scam 4/9/2018

The following is a scam in which the scammer sends a link over to the victim hoping that they click the link. Upon being clicked the scammer will attempt to steal user information or infect the victim’s machine with malware.

Some signs that is is a scam are the fact that the victim did not know the scammer nor recognize the address. Another sign is that the email only has the malicious link, which in this case has been masked with google URL shortener. Never trust an email from someone you don’t know.

If you have received this email please delete it.
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From: I R [mailto:karen@websiteassistant.co.uk]
Sent: Saturday, March 31, 2018 7:36 PM
To: Victim
Subject: [EXTERNAL]

Good evening Victim https://goo.gl/(MALICIOUS URL REMOVED) I R

This message was secured by Zix(R).

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