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Spear-phishing email scam targeting University employees with payroll scam

Author: ITS

Posted on Jul 15, 2015

Category: IT Announcements , General Interest , IT Security

A new spear-phishing email scam is on the rise, specifically targeting university employees.phishing

With the use of sophisticated, legitimate-looking emails and webpages, scammers are posing as university HR departments, requesting you to log in to a fake HR website to identify a change in your employee status.

Once they have your login information, the scammers then use it to access your account and change your direct deposit banking information, which could result in theft of your next paycheck. Some will even go the extra mile and attempt to log in to other personal accounts such as online banking with the credentials they stole from you.

How do you protect yourself from a targeted scam?

  1. Remember that UNB will never ask for your username and password in an email.
  2. Do not click any links in the email.
  3. Alert the Help Desk and delete the email immediately.

For more information on how you can better protect yourself from phishing attempts, visit UNB’s webpage on Safe Computing.