Office of the Chief Information Security Officer

Scam Alert


May 19, 2021

Scam alert

Many in the UW community are looking forward to a summer break, but cyber thieves stay busy finding new ways to trick students, staff, and faculty into giving up their data, credentials, and cash. One tactic they use is to send email and text messages that refer to current news stories and trends, such as…


March 25, 2021

IRS-themed phish

This week there are at least two phishing campaigns impersonating the IRS that are targeting the UW community. If you see an email with the subject Your Payroll Direct Deposit or Recalculation of Your Tax Refund Payment, delete it. In this case, there is no need to report these particular messages to our service center…


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…



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