Archive | January, 2019

INFO, scam (1/31/2019)

The following is a scam in which the scammer is sending phishing emails from another EDU domain, which they presumably have stolen.

You can tell this is a scam email because the email address is not from VCU and is not a service account. If you were to hover over the link you would see that it also leads to another site. If you have received this email please delete it.
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From: “MichelePoole” Michele.Poole@centerville.k12.oh.us
Subject: INFO
Date: 30 January 2019 18:08
To: victim@vcu.edu

Welcome to Spring 2019, We are implementing a new email policy for your protection and Spam filter.If you have not update your email recently Kindly click on the Administrator link OWA.EDU to update your Email, failure not to update will lead to closure of your Email.

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Hi Victim, Scam (1/25/2019)

The following is a scam in which the scammer is posing as the victim’s boss. The scammer asks if the victim can do them a favor, which is to have the victim purchase gift cards and send that information over to the scammer.

If you have received this email please delete it and do not respond.
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From:Victim’s Boss collinkelly007@gmail.com
Date: Fri, Jan 25, 2019 at 8:28 AM
Subject: Hi Victim
To: victim@vcu.edu

Good Morning,

Are you in the office yet? if not please I have an important errand i need you to do for me outside.I am in a meeting i won’t be able to pick a call.

Thanks.

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VCU Account Update Scam (1/22/19)

The following scam attempts to trick its victims into clicking on a link and supplying their login information. Notice the non-VCU sender’s email address and generic language; both of which are tell tale signs of a scam. Please delete this message if you received it.

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From: Microsoft [xxxxxxx@education.wisc.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 9:16 AM
Subject: [EXTERNAL] VCU Account Update

This is to notify the Virginia Commonwealth University staffs and students that your your Email account information need to be updated in our database to avoid deactivation Click here  to update.

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VCU Account Update Scam (1/18/19)

The following scam attempts to trick its victims into clicking on a malicious link, which will subsequently attempts to trick its victims into providing their passwords. Notice the non-VCU sender’s address, generic language, masked non-VCU link; all of which are signs of a scam. Please delete this email if you received it.

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From: Lively, Susan [mailto:lively.43@cotc.edu]
Sent: Friday, January 18, 2019 4:45 AM
Subject: [EXTERNAL] VCU Account Update

 

Update your Email account information need to be updated in our database to avoid deactivation.Click here (redacted) to update .

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“Are you available” scam (1/17/19)

The following scam is intended to trick its victims into communicating with the scammer; who will subsequently attempt to ask the victims into buying gift cards, wiring money, or perform other types of financial transactions. Notice the non-VCU email address, generic language, and abnormal request; all of which are signs of a scam. Please delete this message if you received it.

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From: XXXX XXXXXXX <xxxxxxxx.vcu@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Jan 17, 2019, 5:44 PM
Subject: Re: The Dean
To: YYYYYYYY

 

Okay, My schedule is very tight and I need you to help me run an urgent errand..Can you help me get an amazon gift card online ? I’m still at the meeting,I will reimburse you when I get to office.I Need it sent to my neice who is celebrating her birthday today,Can you help me with this ?

On Thu, 17 Jan 2019 at 11:43 PM, YYYYYYYY <yyy@vcu.edu> wrote:
I was on my way home, but I just turned around and parked. Let me know how I can help. I am standing by.
On Thu, Jan 17, 2019, 5:41 PM Jean Giddens <xxxxxxxx.vcu@gmail.com wrote:

I’m in a meeting and that’s why i’m contacting you through here.I should have called you, but I can’t receive calls during the meeting.I don’t know when the meeting will be rounding up And i want you to help me out on something very important right now..Thanks

On Thu, 17 Jan 2019 at 11:39 PM, YYYYYYYY <yyy@vcu.edu> wrote:
Do you want me to call you?
On Thu, Jan 17, 2019, 5:39 PM YYYYYYYY <yyy@vcu.edu wrote:
Yes, I’m available.
On Thu, Jan 17, 2019, 5:03 PM Jean Giddens <xxxxxxxx@gmail.com wrote:
Hi are you available?

XXXX XXXXXXXX, Ph.D. <Redacted>
Professor and <Redacted>
XXXXXXX Endowed XXXX

<Address redacted>, Room <Redacted>
PO Box <Redacted>
Richmond, VA 23<reacted>

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REQUEST/GIFT/CARDS/TODAY, scam (1/17/19)

The following is a scam in which the scammer has posed as the victim’s boss. The scam is asking the victim to purchase a couple of Google Play Gift cards. This is a scam, do not trust anyone asking you to buy gift cards. You can also look at the email address, it is actually sent from outside the organization.

If you have received an email like this please delete it.

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Purchase scam (1/11/19)

The following scam attempts to trick its victims into responding to the scammer, where the scammer will then issue additional instructions to commit fraud; such as wire transfer, bank account change, or fraudulent purchases. The scammer usually pretends to be a senior employee and asks the recipient to do something on his or her behalf. Notice the non-VCU email address, generic language, and overall odd request. These are signs of a scam. Please delete this message if you received it.

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From: CXXXXX NXXXXX <caXXXXXXXX535@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: Available
Date: January 11, 2019 at 3:30:05 PM EST
To: YYYYY (yyy@vcu.edu)
Hi YYYYY
    I’m in a meeting right now and that’s why i’m reaching you on here. I should have called you, but phone calls aren’t allowed during the meeting.I don’t know when the meeting will be ending, And i want you to help me out on something very important right away.


CXXXXX NXXXXX.

Chair, Department of XXXXXXX

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Google Docs, Scam (1/10/19)

The following is an email scam in which the scammer is posing as someone the victim knows and has some documents for the victim to view. If clicked upon, the link contains a phishing site which will be used to steal the victim’s credentials. You can tell this is a scam because, the scammer is an unknown – Do not click links from unknown email addresses. The link in the email is an IP address (not hidden) and is clearly not redirecting to a Google Document.

If you have received this email please delete it.
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From: IT Admin fred.west@usmillaw.us
Date: Thu, Jan 10, 2019 at 12:54 PM
Subject: Google Docs
To: Victim@vcu.edu

I’ve shared a couple of documents with you via Google Docs.

162.xxx.xxx.xxxx:80 (Link redacted)

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Important Document Scam (1/9/19)

The following scam attempts to trick its victims into clicking on a link, which will subsequently download malicious software on the victims’ computers. Notice the generic message and hidden link that goes to a malicious website. Please ignore and delete this message if you received it.

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From: XXXXX XXXX <xxxxx.xxxxx@vcuhealth.org>
Date: Tue, Jan 8, 2019 at 6:20 PM
Subject: PLEASE VIEW IMPORTANT DOCUMENT CORRECT PAYMENT MADE.
To:

This message was sent securely using Zix®

 

Your document has been completed.
Sign in with your receiving email to view completed documents
VIEW COMPLETED DOCUMENT

Thanks,

XXXXX X XXXX

xxxxxxxxxxxx@yahoo.com

xxxxx.xxxxx@vcuhealth.org

804-xxx-xxxx

804-628-xxxx

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