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ITS Alert: Two phishing attempts target campus accounts 11.29.21

Posted: 13:34:36, Monday, Nov 29, 2021   Expiration: 13:34:36, Monday, Dec 6, 2021  

The ITS Help Desk has received dozens of reports involving two separate phishing attempts, one alleging an expired password and the other, claiming to offer a job opportunity. THANK YOU AGAIN to everyone who has reported the message thus far. Your vigilance keeps us safe. See details below.

Phishing attempt #1 claims your password is expiring

A phishing attempt titled, "IT Security Notice", claims your "e-mail password expires in 2 days", and that you must "CLICK HERE to update immediately".  The message comes from "Julia Hesse" a non-campus email address.  This is a scam. 

NOTE: Your UW-Platteville password expires every six months and gets you access to most campus systems (not just email).  You will receive plain text email notices (no link) 10, 5, and 1 day prior to the password expiring. That email will be signed by the ITS Help Desk with full contact information included.  Information on password requirements and expiration is posted in the ITS Knowledge Base.

Also, ITS will never ask you for your password -- in person, over the phone, via an email, or via a form from a link in an email. Never ever, seriously!

  • If you have received this "IT Security Notice" from "Julia Hesse",  please DELETE.
  • If you receive a similar message from another sender, please FORWARD the message to the ITS Help Desk at helpdesk@uwplatt.edu.
  • If you received the message and provided your login information, please CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD and contact the ITS Help Desk for more information.

Phishing attempt #2 claims to offer work from home position 11.29.21

The second phishing message appears to come from the campus account of "Jeanne Robinson" and claims to offer a "work from Home position" where you can allegedly earn $500 Weekly.  
While this message does appear to come from a uwplatt email address, the name of the contact does not match the name of the sender, the actual email address you are directed to use is gmail, and it is riddled with spelling and grammatical errors. Seriously, it is a little painful to read! Not to mention, anything that sounds too good to be true is probably not true.

REMEMBER, never provide your personal information to a random stranger, whether it is through an email, a link, a form, a text, or even a phone call.
  • If you have received this job offer from "Jeanne Robinson",  please DELETE.
  • If you receive a similar message from another sender, please FORWARD the message to the ITS Help Desk at helpdesk@uwplatt.edu.
  • If you received the message and provided information to the gmail account, please CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD and contact the ITS Help Desk for more information.

If you receive any suspicious email in your uwplatt account, please forward it to the ITS Help Desk at helpdesk@uwplatt.edu; if you do not have time to report it, simply delete it.

Not sure what to look for in a phishing message? Check out our real-life examples, complete with notations, in this ITS Knowledge Base at https://go.uwplatt.edu/phish


-- UW Platteville: Deb Meyer

Created: 13:40:26, Monday, Nov 29, 2021 (by Deb M.)
Updated: 13:40:26, Monday, Nov 29, 2021 (by Deb M.)