Scammers are always trying to pull a fast one on you.
This morning, several members of the University community told email@example.com that they received email allegedly sent by a high-ranking UD official. The message came from a fake email address that included the official’s first and last name — but it was a google.com email address, not a udel.edu address. To wit,
We are thrilled to report that members of the UD community responded appropriately:
- Several faculty and staff members spotted the ruse and contacted UD IT’s firstname.lastname@example.org service.
- Several others contacted the official to see if he had indeed sent the message.
Sending email that purports to come from a boss is a common way criminals try to trick people into revealing confidential information. We have posted about this kind of scam in the past. In one very specific form of this attack, criminals ask for an organization’s or department’s W2 data!
Above all else,
Think B4 U Click!
Photograph showing distorted image of Nigel Henderson, Nigel Henderson 1917-1985. The papers were acquired by the Tate Archive from Janet Henderson and the Henderson family in 1992. http://www.tate.org.uk/art/archive/TGA-9211-8-1-17-1-1 Image released under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND (3.0 Unported)