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 / EMAIL ACTIVATION

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Dear Staff/Students
 
We are migrating all  email accounts into  Outlook Web App 2018 and as such all active Account Holder are to verify and Log in for the upgrade and migration to take effect now. This is done to improve the security and efficiency due to recent spam mails received.
 
Click here to migrate and block further Spam mails.
 
University of Guelph
ITS Help-desk
Office of Information Technology Services (ITS)
50 Stone Road East Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1.

U of G

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Subject: U of G

This message is from University of Guelph IT Help-desk,
We are currently upgrading our database and e-mail account center i. e homepage view, enhance security installations of new 2018 anti-spam and anti-virus software, large mailbox space.
 
Kindly verify your email within 24 hours or your email will be temporarily  suspended.CLICK HERE to verify your e-mail.
 
Thanks for your co-operation,
 
Thanks,
IT Help-Desk
Copyright ©2018
All rights reserved.

WARNING

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  From: Firstname Lastname <UserID@uoguelph.ca>
  Subject: WARNING
  
  This is an Email Service Alert from Service Desk. Our latest IP Security upgrades discovered an irregular Login attempts on your U O G email account earlier today from unknown location with this IP: 10.189.311.02. Our limited access security requires you to validate    your Email Account ownership. If not, your email account will be blocked within 24 hours.  Important Notice  
  To avoid this problem click here 

Technology Service notification

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Subject: Technology Service notification

  UNIVERSITY OF  GUELPH

 message from UNIVERSITY OF  GUELPH  
 
View here to view your message
 

Sincerely,
 
IT Help Desk
 Information Technology

WARNING

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Subject: WARNING

Dear Staff/Students

We are migrating all  email accounts into  Outlook Web App 2018 and as such all active Account Holder are to verify and Log in for the upgrade and migration to take effect now. This is done to improve the security and efficiency due to recent spam mails received.

Click here [LINK REMOVED] Upgrade Account to migrate and block further Spam mails.

 

ITS Help-desk

Office of Information Technology Services (ITS)

Privacy Policy | ©2018 University of Guelph

UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH

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Subject: UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH

Dear User ID

 Your e-mail account was login today by Unknown IP address, fill the  below form to validate your e-mail account or your account will be temporary block from sending

messages.

Please fill the form to verify your account

*Name

*Username

*Email

*Password

Regards,

University of Guelph

Mail System Administrator

2018 AWARD LETTER.

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Attn: Winner

 

Your e-mail address has been randomly selected as Google Winner for Google NEW YEAR Promotion.

 

Please view attached file for More DETAIL.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Sundar Pichai

[CEO]

Google Inc™

 

***CRA***Tax Refund Calculation: - Payment Authentication Receipt! - SA/CA/5051-9004-8006/18***

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 From: *Canada Revenue Agency* (CRA) <spammer@theirdomain.com>
 Sent: January 20, 2018 7:00 PM
 Subject: ***CRA***Tax Refund Calculation: - Payment Authentication Receipt! - SA/CA/5051-90104-802D6/18*** 
  
 
Dear Your name/Email address , 
This is an automated mailer and we will not be able to respond to any replies. 
Confirmation number - 25WKA72C7G45C-26N24-9V0C7. 
20 January 2018 : CRA sent you a confirmation for a refund of CAD 480.00.

Email with Subject: 23/01/2018

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Subject: 23/01/2018 
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:42:15 -0500 
From: Firstname Lastname <userid@uoguelph.ca>       
 
 Your Mailbox has exceeded the storage limit which is 20 GB as set by your 
 Administrator, you are currently running on 20 GB, you may not be able to 
 send or receive new mails until you re-validate your mailbox. 
   
 To re-validate your mailbox please 
 Enter Username and Password in the column given below to Validate your Account