Tag Archives: Phishing Email

Tip #21 So There’s No Fault: Default to No Automatic Downloads

Image: "Beautiful Polaroid Camera Sculpted in Lego," Wired. The original Polaroid Land Camera processed a photograph instantly, producing one paper copy only per image.

Image: “Beautiful Polaroid Camera Sculpted in Lego,” by Arvo. Wired. The original Polaroid Land Camera processed a photograph instantly, producing one paper copy only per image.

That cute picture attached to your email might be a virus in disguise. Many email clients, including Gmail and Outlook, are configured by default to block automatic picture downloads from the Internet. It’s best to keep the default settings because they can help you:

  • Avoid viewing potentially offensive material (when external content is linked to the message).
  • Keep malicious code from damaging the data on your computer.
  • Decide whether a particular image warrants the time and bandwidth required for downloading it, if you are on a low-bandwidth connection.

For more information read Block or unblock automatic picture downloads in email messages.

Tip #19 Deal of the Century! (Too bad it’s a scam!)

Image: Wallace Brown Greeting Cards, Boys' Life, Sept. 1953, p. 5. (Get rich quick scams are much older than the Internet.)

Image: Wallace Brown Greeting Cards, Boys’ Life, Sept. 1953, p. 5. (Get rich quick scams are much older than the Internet.)

Scroll through some of the previous posts on the Fordham IT Security News blog, and you’ll find all sorts of scams. No doubt you’ve received a few yourself. 

Be on the alert. If it’s too good to be true, especially if you have to give away information about yourself or pay money, it’s probably a scam. 

Job Scams Cyber criminals post their advertisements on legitimate job sites and often use familiar-looking or convincing company logos, language, and links to fake websites that appear to be those of real organizations.

These sites might charge fees for services that real companies would never render. After you submit your resume and personal information, they might ask you for a $50-$100 fee. Normally, after a few days the thieves close the scam and disappear.

Donation Scams Natural disasters, political campaigns, and global health issues are often the emphasis of donation phishing scams. For instance, recently, cyber criminals have used earthquakes and tsunamis to create illegal “charity” businesses to help the survivors of these events.

Many of these scams begin with an email or a post in an online forum asking for donations in the name of well-known, legitimate charities. When you click a given link, you are taken to a phony website devised to trick you into providing your personal financial information.

Fake E-cards E-cards are made the same way that websites are: they’re built on the Internet, just like this web page. So when you send someone an e-card, you send them a link to click, which takes them to the online greeting card you created for them.

This means an e-card you receive could actually be a phishing scam spam or a spyware installer, or a computer virus.

Read Microsoft’s helpful pages about more best practices on how to avoid these kinds of scams.

By Nicole Kagan, Fordham IT News Editor

Tip #1 | Spam: Report and Delete!

Fordham Spam graphic2

Did you know that if you click “unsubscribe” on some messages in your inbox, you might unwittingly share your email address with another email list? You’ll end up getting more spam, instead of less. The best way to deal with those messages is to send them to your spam folder and then delete them.

Most email clients, including Fordham Gmail, offer you the option to report as spam the unwanted emails sent to your inbox. When you report a message as spam or junk, you’re training your email filter to send similar unwanted emails to the spam folder the next time. Do check your spam folder at least once a month to make sure legitimate emails haven’t slipped in there. Here’s how to report spam in your Gmail.

At Fordham University, students benefit from Google’s spam filtering. Read more about creating filters for Gmail.

In addition to Google’s spam filter, Fordham faculty and staff receive protection from Proofpoint. This email security solution filters spam and traps email that contain malware or is from senders “phishing” for personal information. More information about Proofpoint, including how-to videos for creating filters, is located on the Fordham IT web page, Spam Management and Email Filters.

Stay tuned for more tips throughout October, which is Cyber Security Month.

Admin – Phishing Email Sent to the Fordham Community on 07/17/2015

This is a Phishing email that has been reported. This message was
received on or about July 17th, 2015. Please DO NOT respond to this
message or anything that looks like it. You may disregard and delete
this message. If you have any questions about the validity of this email
please contact IT Customer Care at 718-817-3999 or via email:
helpit@fordham.edu.

——————–Begin Message ——————————

From: Peck, Claudia <cpeck1@kent.edu>
Date: Friday, Jul 17, 2015 at 10:24:13 AM
Subject: Admin
To: User@fordham.edu

Your fordham.edu account has been temporally suspended, and this means that you  will not be able to send and receive new email messages. This is because of the  on-going yearly web maintenance and deleting of inactive  fordham.edu accounts. You are then requested to verify your  fordham.edu  account below for upgrading.

Click Or Open this link to VERIFY your Account: (Link Here)

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Email Account User- Phishing Email Sent to the Fordham Community on 06/17/2015

This is a Phishing email that has been reported. This message was
received on or about June 17th, 2015. Please DO NOT respond to this
message or anything that looks like it. You may disregard and delete
this message. If you have any questions about the validity of this email
please contact IT Customer Care at 718-817-3999 or via email:
helpit@fordham.edu.

——————–Begin Message ——————————
From: Web Notice <aapay@sakarya.edu.tr> OR Web Notice <jhansel1@binghamton.edu>  Date: Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 7:26 PM
Subject: Email Account User
To: User@fordham.edu

Email Account User

Your Webmail account Certificate expired on the 1th-06-2015, This may interrupt your email delivery configuration, and account POP settings, page error when sending message.

To re-new your webmail Certificate, Please take a second to update your records by link below or copy and paste link

(Link here)

account will work as normal after the verification process, and your webmail Certificate will be re-newed.

Sincerely,
University Webmail Admin

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Notification – Phishing Email Sent to the Fordham Community on 06/13/2015

This is a Phishing email that has been reported. This message was
received on or about June 13th, 2015. Please DO NOT respond to this
message or anything that looks like it. You may disregard and delete
this message. If you have any questions about the validity of this email
please contact IT Customer Care at 718-817-3999 or via email:
helpit@fordham.edu.

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From: IT Help Desk <lynn9@mail.usf.edu>
Date: Saturday, Jun 13, 2015 at 3:01 PM
Subject: Notification
To: User@fordham.edu

Fordham User,

This is to information from fordham database due to unusual spam activities
going via internet (junk/spam message),  We are currently upgrading and to
de-activate some fordham Email Account from our database.

To avoid losing/de-activation of your fordham Account, you are advice to
contact:Click here 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Sincerely,
IT Help Desk.
 

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Help Desk – Phishing Email Sent to the Fordham Community on 06/11/2015

This is a Phishing email that has been reported. This message was
received on or about June 11th, 2015. Please DO NOT respond to this
message or anything that looks like it. You may disregard and delete
this message. If you have any questions about the validity of this email
please contact IT Customer Care at 718-817-3999 or via email:
helpit@fordham.edu.

——————–Begin Message ——————————

From: IT Support <niabryant@mail.usf.edu>
Date: Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 1:49 PM
Subject: Help Desk
To: User@fordham.edu

Dear fordham User,

During our regular verification of our software we found out your antivirus
is out of update,

The Symantec Software Center requires you to update your antivirus,
Kindly contact HelpIT@fordham.edu (Malicious link embedded in email address)
 
Sincerely,
Fordham University 

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Google Education Email Alert – Phishing Email Sent to the Fordham Community on 06/09/2015

This is a Phishing email that has been reported. This message was
received on or about June 9th, 2015. Please DO NOT respond to this
message or anything that looks like it. You may disregard and delete
this message. If you have any questions about the validity of this email
please contact IT Customer Care at 718-817-3999 or via email:
helpit@fordham.edu.

——————–Begin Message ——————————

From: Edu Alert <jonathan.thomas@bcsemail.org>
Date: Mon, Jun 9, 2015 at 4:26 AM
Subject: Google Education Email Alert
To:User@fordham.edu
Dear User,

We wanted to let you know that your email storage space is low,
To receive your new incoming messages, you’ll need to confirm your 30 GB free
access below.
Free Access Confirm (Link Here)
Sincerely,
The Google Accounts Team

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Email Verification!! – Phishing Email Sent to the Fordham Community on 06/01/2015

This is a Phishing email that has been reported. This message was received on or about June 1st, 2015. Please DO NOT respond to this message or anything that looks like it. You may disregard and delete this message. If you have any questions about the validity of this email please contact IT Customer Care at 718-817-3999 or via email: helpit@fordham.edu.

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From: Fordham Universtiy mailing verification <asumailingservice@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 4:26 AM
Subject: Email Verification!!
To:User@fordham.edu
Hello
This e-mail is to notify the students of Fordharm University that we are
validating e-mails. Confirm that your account is still in use, also send
the following information for verification in order to keep your account
active.
(1) Username:
(2) Password:
Failure to do this will lead to a closure of this account.
Please do not disregard this email upon receipt.
Thank you,
FU Mail Administrators.

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Important Message – Phishing Email Sent to the Fordham Community on 3/23/2015

This is a Phishing email that has been reported. This message was
received on or about March 23rd, 2015. Please DO NOT respond to this
message or anything that looks like it. You may disregard and delete
this message. If you have any questions about the validity of this email
please contact IT Customer Care at 718-817-3999 or via email:
helpit@fordham.edu.

——————–Begin Message ——————————

Date: March 23, 2015 at 10:44:16 AM EDT
Subject: Important Message
From: User@domain.com
To: User@fordham.edu

I’ve uploaded this document for you using Google docs.Please Click here to access it

Thanks

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