Announcing Secure UD “Take a BITE out of phish!” campaign

A quick scan through this blog can tell you that phish are a very common cyberthreat, and the effects can be disastrous for victims who are tricked into giving away personal information. This month, the University is launching the Secure UD “Take a BITE out of...

“Complaint” email is a phishing scam

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 advisory” email is a phishing scam

We’ve received a couple of reports about this easy-to-spot phish. There are a few dead giveaways that this is a phishing scam. This message engages in a tactic that a lot of phishing messages use: It uses obsequious language to make it sound like everything will...

Don’t panic over this phishy parking ticket

Nothing catches people’s attention like a parking ticket. But don’t be fooled by this twist on phishy alarmism; scammers like to promote a sense of urgency so their targets act on impulse and don’t see the warning signs of a phish. This phish...

Don’t fall for this sneaky Gmail phishing scam

Sometimes phishing scammers get creative—this Gmail phish is a great example. These phishing emails appear to contain an attached pdf; an unsuspecting user may click that pdf in order to view the attachment. The attachment is actually a hyperlinked image, and clicking...

“ALERT!!” email is a phishing scam

We’ve received a report of a classic phish; hopefully users would not fall for this scam, but it’s a good opportunity to review some common signs of a phishy email. The email is quoted below: First, the subject line of “ALERT!!” is classic...

Student organizations being targeted with phishing scams

Another university has reported that student groups’ treasurers are receiving fraudulent requests for wire transfers of money. These reports are another example of criminals using a college’s or university’s directory information to attack students....

Don’t get zapped by utility vishing scams

Phones are abuzz with calls from utility scammers. We’ve seen reports of two basic kinds of utility scams that are costing customers up to thousands of dollars. Both of these scams start with phone calls from scammers “spoofing” caller ID in order to impersonate a...

W2 spear phishing surfaces for the tax season

One of last year’s favorite tax scams is back: W2 spear phishing. Several companies’ employees have been fooled by an email that was “spoofed” so that it appeared to be from their bosses or CEOs. The email asked for the employee to reply with a copy of the...