Office of the Chief Information Security Officer

Scam Alert


October 9, 2020

Phishing for financial aid credentials

This message is intended for financial aid recipients as well as staff who handle student information. Cyberthieves have been sending phishing email messages tailored to steal student login credentials on financial aid websites. The emails link to phony websites to harvest login credentials for student financial aid accounts, and once the credentials are obtained, thieves…


October 6, 2020

Job scams target UW students

This message was sent to all UW students on October 1: We want to alert you to a surge in email, text and phone scams aimed at UW students. These scams may promise easy jobs, tuition discounts or other rewards. They may attempt to convince you to purchase gift cards or to send or receive…


July 10, 2020

Scams target UW students

(Updated July 15, 2020) Currently there’s a surge in email scams aimed at UW students. Deceptive offers may arrive in the following forms: Offers for internships, work-from-home, and “secret shopper” jobs Help with financial aid, tuition payments, and government assistance Voicemails and robocalls that try to entice you call back with personal information Hoaxes that…


May 19, 2020

CARES Scam Aimed at UW Students

CARES Scam Things To Do Example CARES Scam Various forms of a scam attempting to leverage news about The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is targeting UW students. An example phishing email is below. Check the Phishing Examples page for updated examples, but please note that there will likely be many more…


March 17, 2020

Scams Aimed at Remote Work

As we all adopt new applications, tools and working practices in order to inhibit the spread of COVID-19, certain risks to University information and data are increasing. There are vulnerabilities associated with using devices and technologies from home and other locations, as well as an escalation of phishing and other cyber attacks that target the…


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….



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