Archive | February, 2018

Tutor – 2/23/18

The following is a scam that tricks its victims into thinking that they are looking for a tutor.  In this case, the scammer will inquire with the victim for a preferred location for tutoring, fee, and policy regarding cancellation and makeup lessons. He will also later ask for personal information (Full name, address, phone number) so he can mail you a check to pay in advance for tutoring.

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Hello,

My name is Chris. I came across your e-mail on the VCU, Department of Mathematics Directory. I’m searching for a private tutor for my daughter.

Please, let me know if you are available for tutorials and i will provide you with more details.

Also, let me know your fee, area of specialization, preferred location for the lessons and policy with regard to cancellations and make-up lessons.

Looking to hear from you soon.

Thanks,

Chris Rolando

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Fill Position — Scam (2/22/2018)

The following is a scam that tricks its victims into thinking that they are applying for a job. The scammer sends out a false job offer that is often too good to be true. In this case the scammer ask the victim to wait for further instructions, which will ask for personal information (Social, address, phone number) which will be used to impersonate the person.

To spot a scam like this consider the offer. Does it sound too good to be true? The email is being sent from a non-business address with a different name than the sender.

Remember if it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is a scam.
If you have received this email please delete it.
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From: belly james oxxxxxxxxxx@gmail.com
Sent: Friday, January 26, 2018 5:06 AM
To: victim@vcu.edu
Subject: Fill Position

Sounds good, we will mail you and send messages to your mobile on what to do and how to do it in your first assignment so you will not make any mistake. We will let you know once and check is make in your name and mail to your address for your first assignment.

Sincerely,

Shalimar Paints Limited®

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** EMPLOYMENT ** Scam (2/13/2018)

The following is a scam that tricks its victims into thinking that they are applying for a job. The scammer sends out a false job offer that is often too good to be true. In this case the scammer ask the victim to send over personal information (Full name, Residential Address, Alternative Email, and Cell #) which can be used to impersonate the victim.

To spot a scam like this consider the offer. Does it sound too good to be true? The email is being sent from a non-business address with a different name than the sender. The attachment is a text document requesting the students send their personal information to the scammer’s email address. This is a variation of a previously posted phish. This time it seems the scammer forgot to paste the contents of the text document into the email body, instead placing it as an attachment. ( I have posted the contents of the attachment here)

Remember if it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is a scam.
If you have received this email please delete it.
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From: Cxxxxx Bxxxx wxxxxxxbxxxxxx@gmail.com
Date: Tue, Heb 13, 2018 ay 7:47 AM
Subject: **EMPLOYMENT**
To: Victim@vcu.edu

W& S details.txt (Attachment posted below)

I am Dr. Christopher C.Babbitt and I work as a clinical counselor for the department of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES). I provide individual and group therapy, coaching, assessment and academic screenings to support students with disabilities (physical, chronic, psychiatric, and invisible)registered with DRES. A large percentage of the students served by the mental health unit have psychiatric disabilities or co-morbid psychiatric disabilities and need mental health support to be successful at the university. In addition, many University of students with academic difficulties and no prior diagnosis are seen and assessed through the academic screening and assessment process. I also am the director of supervision, training and coordination of counseling psychology and clinical psychology graduate students of the United States who have practicums at DRES and APA-accredited school psychology pre-doctoral interns.
You have received this email because you have an offer from the University Office for Students with Disabilities to work with me while we help Students with disabilities frustrated with ignorance and lack of services but as my temporary personal assistant.
I care about Animal Welfare, Arts and Culture, Children, Civil Rights and Social Action, Education, Environment, Disaster and Humanitarian Relief, Social Services and lots more.

This is a very simple employment. You will only help me Mail letters, Make payments at Walmart and purchase some Items when needed. This employment only takes an hour a day and 3 times a week for $620 .00 weekly.

I am unable to meetup for an interview because I am currently away and helping the disabled students in Australia. You will be paid in advance for all tasks and purchased to be done on my behalf and some of my personal letters and mails will be forwarded to your residence or nearby post office for you to pick up at your convenience. Upon my arrival we will discuss the possibility of making this a long-term employment if I am impressed with your services while I am away. My arrival is scheduled for the last week of Feb 2018.
Please email your Full name, Residential Address to receive packages, Alternate email (different from school email) and Cell # to apply send to my email :- Dr. Christopher C.Babbitt (mybox12804101@gmail.com)

Thanks

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Too Funny… Scam (2/9/18)

The following is a scam that attempts to trick the user into clicking a link. Once clicked the scammer will be able to obtain personal information (Social Security, username/passwords, credit card information) or to distribute malware to the user’s machine. Notice the generic language and strange email address. All of these are signs of a phishing scam. If you have received this email please delete it.
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From: Txxxxxxx.f@advanced-tactic.info
Date: Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 9:29 AM
Subject: Too Funny….
To: Victim@vcu.edu

Wow, have you seen the CEO’s blog!

Click here

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PART-TIME FIXED-JOB, Scam (2/07/2018)

The following is a scam that tricks its victims into thinking that they are applying for a job. The scammer sends out a false job offer that is often too good to be true. In this case the scammer ask the victim to send over personal information (Full name, Residential Address, Alternative Email, and Cell #) which can be used to impersonate the victim.

To spot a scam like this consider the offer. Does it sound too good to be true? The email is being sent from a non-business address as well as referencing a different address to send the information to. There are also grammatical errors in the email itself. All of these signs point to a scam.

Remember if it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is a scam.
If you have received this email please delete it.
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“Read Carefully
I am Dr. Christopher C.Babbitt and I work as a clinical counselor for the department of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES). I provide individual and group therapy, coaching, assessment and academic screenings to support students with disabilities (physical, chronic, psychiatric, and invisible)registered with DRES. A large percentage of the students served by the mental health unit have psychiatric disabilities or co-morbid psychiatric disabilities and need mental health support to be successful at the university. In addition, many University of students with academic difficulties and no prior diagnosis are seen and assessed through the academic screening and assessment process. I also am the director of supervision, training and coordination of counseling psychology and clinical psychology graduate students of the United States who have practicums at DRES and APA-accredited school psychology pre-doctoral interns.
You have received this email because you have an offer from the University Office for Students with Disabilities to work with me while we help Students with disabilities frustrated with ignorance and lack of services but as my temporary personal assistant.
I care about Animal Welfare, Arts and Culture, Children, Civil Rights and Social Action, Education, Environment, Disaster and Humanitarian Relief, Social Services and lots more.

This is a very simple employment. You will only help me Mail letters, Make payments at Walmart and purchase some Items when needed. This employment only takes an hour a day and 3 times a week for $620 .00 weekly.

I am unable to meetup for an interview because I am currently away and helping the disabled students in Australia. You will be paid in advance for all tasks and purchased to be done on my behalf and some of my personal letters and mails will be forwarded to your residence or nearby post office for you to pick up at your convenience. Upon my arrival we will discuss the possibility of making this a long-term employment if I am impressed with your services while I am away. My arrival is scheduled for the last week of Feb 2018.
Please email your Full name, Residential Address to receive packages, Alternate email (different from school email) and Cell # to apply send to my email :- Dr. Christopher C.Babbitt (mybox12804101@gmail.com)

Thanks”

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Package? Scam (2/05/2018)

The following is a scam that attempts to trick the user into clicking a link. Once clicked the scammer will be able to obtain personal information (Social Security, username/passwords, credit card information) or to distribute malware to the user’s machine. Notice the generic language, strange email address and the false sense of urgency. All of these are signs of a phishing scam. If you have received this email please delete it.
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From: Lxxxxx@positivecoupon.com
Date: Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 2:14 PM
Subject: package?
To: victim@vcu.edu

Hi,

A package was delivered to us by mistake…..I think

I opened the box and noted that your email was on the invoice…coming up to summer I thought it might be personal or work related.

We are just down the road by the Mcdonalds. I can drop it by if you will be in this afternoon?

I took a picture of the invoice, I can’t make out the name but you can clearly see your email address

Click here

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Can you fix this? Scam (02/01/2018)

The following is a scam that attempts to trick the user into opening a channel of communication with the scammer. Once communication has been established the scammer will ask for a wire transfer with false information, giving the scammer access to the wire transfer. This scammer in particular is impersonating a fellow VCU employee.

Notice the non-vcu address, the address does not even match the name of the person they are trying to impersonate. If a fellow employee has to request a service from you, they will use their VCU email not their personal. The generic subject line and the lack of information inside the email itself are all signs that this is a scam. If you have received this email please delete it.
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From: Lxxxx Bxxx (cxxxxxw@comcast.net)
Date: Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 9:08 AM
Subject: Can you fix this
To: Victim@vcu.edu

Victim,
I’ll need you to process a Wire transfer to a vendor . Let me know if you are available for instructions.
Regards,
Lxxxxx Bxxxxx

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