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ITS Alert: Spear Phishing season opens at UW-Platteville 01.13.20

Posted: 2020-01-13 13:05:11   Expiration: 2020-01-20 13:05:11

Disclaimer: This news item was originally posted on 2020-01-13 13:05:11. Its content may no longer be timely or accurate.

The ITS Help Desk has received numerous reports of spear phishing attempts on campus over the weekend and into today.

A spear phishing attack is different from standard phishing in that it appears to come from a trusted source within the organization, such as a supervisor or administrator, and usually targets a specific group, like their employees. The sender's address may or may not match the organization's ( These messages may be very short to get your attention and catch you off guard; for example, "Do you have a sec?" Once engaged the exchange typically leads to a request to purchase gift cards or some other money-conning scheme.

The messages reported thus far are coming from two different non-campus addresses with different subjects. If you receive a message from THESE SENDERS AND ADDRESSES, please DELETE.

Spoofed senders from UW-Platteville: Karen McLeer
Amanda Treqin
Joshua Boots
Trapper Mitchell
Michael Ernst
Sara Vogts
Wayne Weber
Jennifer Collins
Spoofed senders from UW-Platteville Molly Gribb
Trapper Mitchell
Peter Davis
Qiong Li
Tammy Salmon-Stephens
Christina Curras
Barb Barnet
Kristi Gimmel Becker
Julie Soja
Kate Demerse
Peter Davis
Deirdre Dalsing
Elliott Parsons
Mesut Muslu
Susan Hansen
If you receive a message from one of these addresses and a DIFFERENT SENDER, please REPORT it to the ITS Help Desk at

If you receive a message like this from ANOTHER ADDRESS, please VERIFY with the alleged sender using another means (phone call, text, etc). If the message is not legitimate, REPORT it to the ITS Help Desk at

If you have questions about these attempts, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 608.342.1400 or

-- UW Platteville: Deb Meyer