August 28, 2019

Recent email, text and phone scams target UW students

The following email was sent to all UW students.

This message is being sent to all UW students with approval from the Vice President for UW Information Technology and CIO.

We want to alert you to a surge in email, text and phone scams aimed at UW students. These scams may attempt to convince you to purchase gift cards or to send or receive money advances with the promise of easy jobs, tuition discounts or other rewards.

Some deceptive offers have been tied to internships, financial aid or tuition payments. Those sent via email can appear to be from UW employees, but are often sent from phony or spoofed email accounts. The scammer may also ask you to provide a cell phone number or non-UW email address in order to contact you via alternative methods.

Such hoaxes are not new but are growing increasingly sophisticated. The current fraudulent activity focuses on money, but your personal data and financial information may also be targeted. Please review the following tips and resources to help keep your personal information and UW NetID login credentials secure throughout the year:

  • Beware of requests for transfers of money or gift cards.
  • Messages that solicit money, ask for your financial or bank account information, or offer to send you money should be regarded as highly suspicious. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Be cautious about clicking links in email, even from someone you know.
  • Use strong passwords and protect your UW NetID credentials.
  • Report suspected email scams to security @uw.edu (no spaces).
  • If you’ve been a victim of a scam, contact your local law enforcement, such as UW Police.

For more information, see the Office of the CISO’s web page by searching for “CISO” from the main UW page.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact help @uw.edu (no spaces).

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