Please be vigilant of email scam attacks
Dear students and staff,
The ACCC Information Security and Privacy Office has been receiving an increasing number of reports of “fake” email accounts being used to scam UIC students and staff out of money that is usually impossible to recover.
Although ACCC makes every effort to block malicious emails, due to the nature of the way these emails are crafted, automated spam detection measures are not able to effectively detect and block all such email. Please be vigilant.
In an attempt to appear legitimate:
- Attackers create email accounts impersonating someone known to the recipient (e.g., a department head, an instructor, etc.). The accounts they use are NOT UIC accounts and typically have “from” addresses similar to:
- FirstName.LastName@gmail.com (e.g. Jane.Doe@gmail.com)
- firstname.lastname@example.org (e.g. email@example.com)
- firstname.lastname@example.org (e.g. email@example.com)
- The scam emails sometimes contain signature or bio information the legitimate person uses in their emails.
- The attacker email may simply ask “Are you there?” or may immediately launch into describing that they are in a meeting and need you to purchase something (gift cards) for them right away and email them the gift card numbers with the promise that you will be reimbursed later.
What you can do:
If you receive an email like this, do not click "reply." If you are unsure if the email originated from the supposed sender, create a new email and enter the recipient’s email address by hand to make sure you are sending to the actual person.
If you believe you have fallen victim to this scam at UIC, you should file a report with the University Police at 312-355-5555 (emergency) or 312-996-2830 (non-emergency).
ACCC Information Security and Privacy Office