Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Convincing Phishing Emails Being Sent 6/10/14

At approximately 4 am this morning a wave of new Phishing emails were sent out to Campus email addresses.  A screenshot of the email is attached at the bottom of this post.

This email is most definitely fraudulent, and should be deleted immediately.

Traditionally, we have reserved this blog and the Status page for updates related to system outages and other items related to the technology at PLU, but due to the craftsmanship which went into these Phishing emails and due to their appearance of authenticity, we felt it was appropriate to post an announcement regarding the Phishing emails.

To recap from our previous posts on Spam/Phishing emails from the Help Desk Blog, PLU will never solicit your account information.  All of our ePass account transactions (e.g., password changes) take place at epass.plu.edu.

If you have clicked on the links in the fraudulent email or sent any information to the sender, please contact the Help Desk immediately at 253-535-7525 or helpdesk@plu.edu, or just stop in at the Help Desk, located on the first floor of the Library.

Otherwise, if you have not done anything with the email, just go ahead and delete it.

Always err on the side of caution when it comes to account security -- if you're ever not certain of the veracity of an email, contact the Help Desk for clarification.  We also post to the Help Desk Twitter (@PLUHelpDesk) with notices whenever these emails go out, so that is a good resource for verification if you are unable to reach the Help Desk.

We apologize for the inconvenience that these phishing emails can cause, and we will do our best to keep you up to date with current information on when they are being actively spread.  We appreciate all who take the time to check with us when they receive these emails and those who are diligent to continually report the emails; your dedication to keeping us informed helps immensely, and we appreciate having an extra set of eyes available to check for these messages.

Thank you all,

Help Desk
Information and Technology Services

A screenshot of the phishing email

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