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InfoSec Alert: Microsoft ‘Recall’ Feature

InfoSec Alert: Microsoft ‘Recall’ Feature
Microsoft has released some Windows 11 PCs with a new feature called ‘Recall,’ which has privacy and security issues. ‘Recall,’ if enabled, takes screenshots of all activity in Windows 11 and then places that information in local storage for future access. No action is needed at this time – ‘Recall’ is off by default and […]

Scam of the Month: Duo Verification Code Text Phishing 

Scam of the Month: Duo Verification Code Text Phishing 
Criminals who’ve stolen WUSTL Keys and passwords are masquerading as IT support over text messages to get us to enter Duo verification codes. Legitimate WashU employees will not ask you to enter codes into your Duo app. Only enter a verification code if you are logging in for yourself. Do not enter a code given […]

Phishing Alert: Verified Duo Push Scam

Phishing Alert: Verified Duo Push Scam
Members of the WashU community are receiving fraudulent phone calls from criminals asking them to enter a three-digit code into the Duo app. What you should do The only time you should type in the three-digit code into Duo is if you are logging in for yourself. Do not enter a code given to you […]

Scam of the Month: Outstanding Toll Amount 

Scam of the Month: Outstanding Toll Amount 
Road trip season is approaching, and the FBI has observed criminals impersonating road toll collection services via text message. While there is only one toll bridge in Missouri – the Lake of the Ozarks Community Bridge (for now) – many neighboring states operate toll roads.   If you see a message like the one below, please […]

Scam of the Month: DEA Impersonation Phone Call 

Scam of the Month: DEA Impersonation Phone Call 
According to Washington University School of Medicine Protective Services, the WUSM Physical Therapy department received a call from someone impersonating the DEA to steal personally identifiable information.  In the call, they claimed to be an investigator from the DEA headquarters, saying that a nurse practitioner had reported fraud under their name, medical license number, and […]

Scam of the Month: RESEARCH ASSISTANT VACANCY FOR UNDERGRADUATE

Scam of the Month: RESEARCH ASSISTANT VACANCY FOR UNDERGRADUATE
The Office of Information Security has observed a trend in which criminals advertise a job while impersonating a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering. Impersonation is one of the most effective social engineering tactics used by scammers, and it can be particularly enticing if offered employment.  If you see a message like the one below, […]

Scam of the Month: COVID-19 Variant Poses Risks in our University 

Scam of the Month: COVID-19 Variant Poses Risks in our University 
The Office of Information Security has identified a trend in which criminals send members of our community false COVID-19 contact tracing emails with a malicious link. They hope a victim will click the link and give their WashU credentials. In this scam, hackers use a compromised email address from Brown University to send phishing emails. […]

Scam of the Month: Charity Scam

Scam of the Month: Charity Scam
If You Sent Money to a Scammer  Scammers often insist that you pay in ways that make it tough to get your money back. They prefer you wire money through a company like Western Union or MoneyGram, send cryptocurrency, use a payment app, or buy a gift card and give them the redemption code. Regardless of how you lost money to a scam, […]

Scam of the Month: Process has begun by our administrator

Scam of the Month: Process has begun by our administrator
The Office of Information Security has identified a trend in which criminals send members of our community account termination emails containing a malicious link. They hope a victim will give their WashU credentials in a Google Form. In this scam, hackers use a legitimate WashU email address to send phishing emails. Victims who click the […]

October 20: Microsoft applications may require users to reauthenticate

Mark your calendar Microsoft applications may require users to reauthenticate On the evening of October 20, WashU IT will enhance the university’s cloud-based Microsoft services. As a result, users may see authentication (login) prompts on Microsoft applications such as Teams, Outlook, Office, and OneDrive on their devices. These prompts are expected. Completing the WUSTL Key […]

Scam of the Month: Document Shared with You

Scam of the Month: Document Shared with You
The Office of Information Security has identified a trend in which criminals send members of our community a Google Document containing a malicious link, in hopes that a victim may give up their credentials. In this more elaborate scam, hackers posed as Adis Avila, who is not an individual who works at our university, sending […]

Phishing Alert: Credential Phishing via QR Code

Phishing Alert: Credential Phishing via QR Code
How this Scam Works Members of the WashU community are being targeted by criminals using malicious QR codes to steal valuable and personal information. The QR codes targeting WashU credentials lead an unsuspecting victim to a fake WUSTL Key login page. If the victim enters any information on the malicious login page, they will unknowingly […]

Phishing Alert: Credential Phishing via Google Form

Phishing Alert: Credential Phishing via Google Form
How this Scam Works Members of the WashU community are receiving fraudulent shared document emails that ask them to divulge their WUSTL Key and credentials in a Google Form. Victims receive a fraudulent email about a shared document from an email address outside of WashU: When a victim clicks the link in the email, they […]

Scam of the Month: Geek Squad Customer Service

Scam of the Month: Geek Squad Customer Service
The Office of Information Security observes a trend in which criminals send a fraudulent order confirmation claiming the recipient will be charged almost $500. The criminals hope victims will call a phone number to refute the “purchase” and disclose their banking information.  If you see a message like the one below, please do not interact […]

Scam of the Month: Compromised Email

Scam of the Month: Compromised Email
The Office of Information Security observes a trend in which criminals use a compromised email account to trick victims into divulging their WUSTL Key password. In this scam, criminals took over a legitimate email address from UT Health San Antonio and used it to send phishing emails. Victims who click on the phishing link are […]

Scam of the Month: Sheriff Impersonation

Scam of the Month: Sheriff Impersonation
The Office of Information Security observes a trend in which criminals impersonate the sheriff’s office over the telephone. These scammers claim you signed for a subpoena, are an expert witness, or are a juror and never showed up for court and then demand payment. Along with a false accusation, scammers may list your personal information […]

Scam of the Month: DEA Impersonation

Scam of the Month: DEA Impersonation
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is warning the public of a widespread fraud scheme where scammers impersonate DEA agents to extort money or steal personally identifiable information. DEA personnel will never contact members of the public to demand payment or sensitive information. No legitimate federal law enforcement officer will request cash or gift cards from […]

Scam of the Month: Phish Text “from Andrew Martin”

Scam of the Month: Phish Text “from Andrew Martin”
The Office of Information Security has observed a trend in which criminals impersonate Chancellor Andrew Martin over text message. Impersonation is one of the most effective social engineering tactics used by scammers, and it can be particularly powerful when the person being impersonated is in a position of authority. If you see a message like […]

Phishing Alert: Student Job Offer

Phishing Alert: Student Job Offer
How this scam works WashU students are reporting they are receiving fraudulent job offers promising hundreds of dollars per week. The scammer will often ask you to move the conversation to some different, non-WashU messaging platform, like text, before requesting sensitive information like social security numbers, bank account information, etc. What you should do If […]