A couple members of the University community have reported seeing a suspicious email about a “Studen” [sic] complaint. It’s plainly a phish, and we’ll explain how to tell below:
First, official email from the University will be sent from an @udel.edu address; the address in this email is from aol. The fact that the “from” field says “The University of Delaware” is a scammer trick to make the email look official. Always check the actual email address of the sender, but also remember that even the email addresses of those you trust can be hacked or spoofed.
Moving on, the University also is not going to address you as “Dear” in the opening of an email, and the somewhat saccharine “kindly” is common scammer vocabulary. When scammers aren’t using highly alarmist language to scare you, they like to use overly familiar words to lower your guard.
Yet another reason to be suspicious is how little detail the email gives you: what exactly is “the needful” that you’re supposed to “kindly” do? Also, note that “student” is misspelled in the attachment.
Do not open the pdf; just delete this email. Think B4 U Click!