Did you get an EMAIL with the following UW Alert?
◆ This message was sent from a non-UWYO address. Please exercise caution when clicking links or opening attachments from external sources.
DO NOT READ THIS EMAIL WITH THE UW ALERT ON YOUR PHONE, IPAD, OR TABLET.
Go to your DESKTOP or LAPTOP to view this email.
Do not respond or click any links until you read the scams below.
Email scammers are becoming more creative in designing their emails to appear as if the emails are coming from university personnel and uwyo.edu accounts. Don't fall for their scams!
Four of the more common email scams currently targeting UW users are:
Scammers have impersonated UW directors, deans, executives and others at UW, including President Seidel. The emails ask: "Are you available" or "Are you on campus" or "Send your cell phone number.". Your first response will be "It must be important. It is from my supervisor or dean."
Look closely at the sending address.
These are not from UWYO.
In addition, you will see:
◆ This message was sent from a non-UWYO address.
If you respond to the scammer, they need something urgently done and ask you to buy gift cards and send them the gift card information. Don't do it!
Don't be fooled by a phishing email scam that contains a link. The link when clicked takes you to a login page. The scammers WANT you to enter your UW username and password and Duo passcode. They WANT to go into your accounts. Protect Yourself and Don't Do IT!
The fake login page will look nearly identical to UW’s WyoWeb.
UW will never send you an email with a link to login.
The victim receives an email from someone who claims to have hacked their computer. The scammer backs up this claim by providing an actual password that the victim may have used or is currently using, on some website somewhere. The hacker says they have used the camera on the hacked computer to take videos of the victim in compromising situations and threatens to publicize the videos if the victim does not pay an extortion fee, usually in the form of bitcoin. These are false. The password is usually an actual password that the victim used on a previously compromised site like Yahoo that has been made public.
Phishing emails that try to trick you into believing you are being charged for goods or services that you did not order. They indicate "You have been charged $599" or "Your subscription has been renewed" and provide a link or phone number so you can call and give them your credit card number or bank information.
Do Not Call the Scammers or Press the Link!
If you receive a suspicious email or fall victim to an email scam, please send the original email as an attachment (see directions below) to the UWIT Help Desk team at firstname.lastname@example.org. UWIT staff will do all they can to prevent spam and phishing emails, but inevitably they will continue to get through. Please, be cautious about the email to which you respond. And if you’re not sure, get in touch with UWIT at 307 766-4357, option #1 or email email@example.com.