Archive | July 21, 2017

Deactivation scam (7/21/17)

The following scam attempts to trick its victims into clicking on a malicious link, which will subsequently steal the victim’s account information. Notice the non-VCU email address, generic language, and the masked foreign link; all of which are signs of a scam. Please delete this message if you received.


From: Server []
Sent: Friday, July 21, 2017 1:31 PM
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Your request is being processed


Hello xxxxxxx,

Notice! A Request to deactivate your  office email was made and this request will be processed shortly before 24hrs.

If this was made accidentally, you are advised to cancel the request now? 

Cancel De-activation (Malicious link redacted)

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Invitation Phishing Scam (7/21/2017)

The following scam attempts to get a victim to click on a malicious PDF. Notice the generic language, grammatical errors,  and non-VCU sender’s email. All of these are tell-tale signs of a scam. Please delete this message if you received it and do not open the PDF.


From: Katherine Libby <>
Date: Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 11:44 AM
Subject: Shared Invitation

I hope this email finds you well? Please share your thought concerning the attached form of our recent accomplishments and invitation. Please confirm receipt as well as attendance. We have to give the place a head count by Thursday, july 27th.
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