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 58888help@uoguelph.ca 

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Dear User,

You have exceeded the limit of your mail box quota, and your currently have emails pending in our servers yet to be delivered to your inbox.You will not be able to receive your new emails until your increase and boost your Mail box size. CLICK HERE to upgrade your email Account.

 

New Phishing Email - "Update!!!"

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We noticed that  your email account has been outdated Your   account has been placed on temporary block,  it would be permanently blocked if you do not unblock within 48hours.

 

Urgent Reply 15.10

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I would like to know if you can process an international transfer to United kingdom today?

 Let me know so I can send the bank details for the transfer

 

 Sincerely,

 Jon xxxx

 

An Error in your SMTP/POP settings is blocking incoming mails

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From: 500@tinocorporation.org
Sent: June 15, 2018 8:17 PM
To: user@uoguelph.ca
Reply to: sales_howard@outlook.com
Subject: An Error in your SMTP/POP settings is blocking incoming mails

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