Office of the Chief Information Security Officer

Phishing


March 9, 2020

Coronavirus themed phishing

Other scams Phishing emails and emails containing malware often play to our innate fear responses. For example, recurring themes are urgent shipping notifications or warnings that an account will be closed if action is not taken immediately. Cybercriminals and other malicious cyber actors are looking for the latest trick to make their attacks more successful….


February 14, 2019

Scam alert: “Are you available?”

Gift Card Scams UW continues to see “Are you available?” scam messages. These are usually org-chart related in that a supervisor is impersonated on messages sent to staff in their departments or colleges. The goal of the criminal sending the message is to convince the recipient to buy some gift cards, which are difficult to…


January 16, 2019

Phishing and W-2s

As tax season arrives, cybercriminals use phishing messages to target W-2 forms. Read more about about these scams, and visit our Education page to find information and resources for protecting your W-2 forms and other personal and UW data from cybercriminals. Go to Education More Articles


September 20, 2016

Phishing Examples

How do you know if an email is legitimate if it asks you to: Click on a link, Provide personal information, Confirm an account, Type in login credentials, or Download a file? A common way cyber criminals gain access to valuable information at Universities is through deceptive emails known as “phishing” messages. See examples of…