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Active Alerts - Phishing & Scams

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COVID-19 Cyber Scams

The Department of Homeland Security has issued an advisory warning of scams involving COVID-19, and the UH System Information Security Office is already seeing phishing messages being received by faculty, staff and students. 

If you receive a suspicious phishing email to your UHD email account, notify, and be aware of the following:

  • Cyber actors may send emails to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes.
  • Exercise caution in handling such emails—avoid clicking on links and downloading attachments.
  • Be wary of social media pleas, texts or calls related to COVID-19.
  • Do not reveal personal or financial information in an email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.

Phishing Scams

  • 4/8/2020 - SUBJECT: Reply
    This email is sent from <> and attempts to impersonate the Provost. This is the beginning of a gift card scam. Do not reply.

  • 1/10/2020 - SUBJECT: Help Desk
    This phishing message purports to be from the Help Desk and tells you that your email will be suspended if you do not log in. The link takes you to a webpage with an O365 background picture where you are asked to log in to a credential-stealing web site.
  • 12/18/2019 - SUBJECT: Help Desk
    This email claims to be from the Help Desk and wants you to click the link. The link leads to a phishing page with Office 365 graphics.

  • 11/22/2019 - SUBJECT: Announcement: University of Houston-Downtown
    This email contains a link <Validate Here> that directs you to a credential-stealing web site. The email is signed -IT Help Desk. This email was not sent from IT.

  • 11/21/2019 - SUBJECT: Availability Request or no subject listed
    There are several versions of this email circulating. The email is sent from <> and will display a UHD supervisor's name. This is a gift card scam.

Job Scams

  • 12/18/2019 - This job scam email takes you to an Office 365 Forms where you are asked to give contact and demographic information. There are multiple versions of this email with the following subject lines: Subject: Wage, Subject: Get paid, Subject: Hire, Subject: Enroll, Subject: Satisfaction, Subject: Reward, Subject: Work, Subject: Earnings
  • 12/12/19 - SUBJECT: Job Placement : Secret Shopper Jobs.
    This scam directs you to click on a link which leads to a site with UHD graphics, with a form requesting contact details for a mystery shopper job opportunity.
    This scam offers a job opportunity with Consumer Impressions Service. This job scam asks interested parties to click on a link and provide contact details. A variation of this scam mentions a mystery shopper job.

Last updated 4/8/2020 7:39 AM