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 

U of G

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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

[WARNING : MESSAGE ENCRYPTED]username : [old password]

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From: Firstname Lastname [phisher@fakemail.com]

Sent: Saturday, September 7, 2019

Subject: [WARNING : MESSAGE ENCRYPTED]username : [old password]

 

Password- [numeric code]

UPATE

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Dear User

You receive this email because we've noticed unusual activity in your account email for more information Click here to verify your identity

UOGUELPH HELP DESK

Thank you. For your cooperation.

UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH RE-EVALUATED CONFLICT OF INTEREST POLICY FOR UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH EMPLOYEES 2019

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LETTER FROM PRESIDENT DR. FRANCO VACCARINO

 Dear Colleagues:

 Conflict of Interest means a potential, apparent or actual conflict where an Employee’s financial or other personal interest, whether direct or indirect, conflicts or appears to conflict with the Employee’s responsibility to the University, or with the Employee’s participation in any recommendation or decision within the University.

I'm watching you

*Please inform Information Security (infosec@uoguelph.ca OR ext. 58006) if you received this message

IT-DESK (c)

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Dear user 
  
Your Email was accessed from a different Country IP & will Be suspended, you need to Verify this account now.  
  
Please Click ** Verify Now **and sign in to confirm your IP. 
  
Copyright © 2019 Mail! Inc 

IT-DESK (c)

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Due to the recent migration to 2019 webmail University of Guelph, you are requested to update your record within the next 24hrs to validate your existing information in order to keep your record up to date Verify Now .