November 6, 2023

Holiday scams


As the winter holiday season approaches, take time to review alerts about about seasonal scams. Scams may arrive as email, text, phone, and social media messages. They are continually adapted to target university communities through phishing, gift card scams, phony holiday invitations and messages, fraudulent offers for seasonal employment, and in many other forms. Your…

August 23, 2023

Tech support scams

Hand stealing money through a computer

What are tech support scams? What is the impact? How can I avoid these scams? What if I have fallen victim to a scam? Resources What are tech support scams? In a technical support scam, a cyber thief will contact you, either by phone or through a website via a pop-up window in your web…

June 9, 2023

Phone scams target UW parents

vishing phone

We frequently post about scams aimed at the University of Washington community, and a recent trend targets the parents of UW students. Last week, UW police issued a warning about scam phone calls that appear on caller ID to come from the University of Washington Police Department (UWPD). The caller falsely claims that a student…

October 28, 2022

Students: Beware of debt relief scams

Hand stealing money through a computer

We posted about this a few weeks ago, but in this busy month, it’s worth repeating: The U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Trade Commission are working together to raise awareness about potential scams and misinformation that may be aimed at those seeking student loan debt relief. Beware of scammers who may contact you…

November 16, 2021

Update: Gift Card Scams

Re-posting this alert, as gift card scams are continuing on UW campuses. Members of the UW community are actively being targeted with gift card scam messages. The emails typically appear to be sent from a supervisor, including deans, directors, department heads, and/or vice presidents. The supervisor’s name is usually displayed in the signature line and…

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…