Office of the Chief Information Security Officer

Scam Alert


February 20, 2020

Secret shopper job scam

UW students are being targeted with an email scam disguised as info about an “under-cover shopper” job opening. Potential victims are sent a fraudulent check and sometimes asked to buy gift cards and take screenshots of the numbers to send to scammers. The email, which encourages students to apply for the bogus job, is crafted…


August 26, 2019

Email scams target UW students

There has been an uptick in email, text, and phone scams aimed at UW students. The scammers attempt to convince students to purchase gift cards or to send or receive money advances with the promise of easy jobs, tuition discounts, or other rewards. Some deceptive offers have been tied to internships, financial aid, or tuition…


June 3, 2019

Gift Card Scam: “Are You Available?”

Gift Card Scam Re-posting this alert, as these scams are continuing on the UW campuses. 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…


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…



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