Recent Scams and Phishing Attempts

The online safety and security of the University of Guelph community is our top priority. One of the most common methods for cyber criminals to access your personal information is through email phishing scams, where they attempt to lure you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment, try to convince you to share your identity information (e.g. passwords), or try to infect your system with malware.

If you receive a suspected a phishing attempt:

  1. Do not respond or open any links in the email until you have confirmed it is safe.
  2. Check the list of recent scams and phishing attempts below.
  3. If the message you received is not the list, please tell us. Forward the message to the CCS Help Centre at IThelp@uoguelph.ca 

University of Guelph

Message Content

Good morning <name>, trust you are well. Are you free at the moment? Please let me know.
 
Regards
 
<name>

Account Suspended

Message Content

Hi xxxx,

We have detected unsual activities on your account and your account will be suspended.

In order to avoid suspension, please verify your acount at following link

Emails Blocked

Message Content

Hello xxxx,

We have detected unsual activities on your account and your incoming emails and documents have been temporairly blocked.

We need to verify your account before you can recieve and view new files. 

Please verfiy your account at https://www.uoguelph.ca/IT-helpdesk/emails-blocked/verify account

Note:  Failure to unblock your e-mail  account will result in permanently disabling your account.

U of G

Message Content

Verify your email now to keep your account safe and secure click here
 
 
Regards,
SERVICE HELPDESK
University of Guelph

Observations

Clicking on the link will take you to a deceptive site which asks for your University userid and password. Always check links in email messages to ensure it is directly you to a legitimate University of Guelph site.

Question - application for a Professor position

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Date sent:                  Fri, 4 Oct 2019

From:                       Fake Name <fakename@domain.net>

Subject:                    Question - application for a Professor position