On Friday, June 8, 75 university personnel received a spoofed message that appeared to be from a high ranking administrator. It was an attempt to start a conversation and eventually lead to financial fraud.
The message was sent systemwide to different campus staff, and deceptively tried to get targeted personnel to reply, to start the process of financial fraud through a wire transfer, or gift cards, all via email. The email does not include a link, it is trying to convince the reader they need to respond and converse via email only, not by phone or in person.
Students, faculty and staff who receive the message should not respond, and should delete the email.
When messages like this come to your mailbox, asking you to do something that is abnormal, or seems like a message that you would normally not receive, always question the email and reach out to the sender to make sure the email is valid.
Safety Tips Reminder:
- If you receive emails of this nature, do not respond to them.
- If you receive checks from an email like this, do not cash or deposit them.
- Report any type of suspicious email to the UNO Information Security Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Report any suspected fraud to UNO Dept. of Public Safety.
- Always log in from a trusted URL, rather than clicking a link in an email.
- Do not access links from within an email that you may not trust or know.
- Use different passwords at work than those you use for personal accounts.
- Check links by “hovering” over them before clicking to see their true destination.
- Verify the sender by hovering over the sender’s name to reveal the actual sender.
- If you receive a phone call, ask them for a verification of the service or ask someone else if you feel it sounds too good to be true.
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