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This page lists current warnings regarding suspicious email messages and other cybersecurity hazards at the University of Virginia.

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Security Alerts and Suspicious Items Currently Affecting UVA:

[Posted: Apr 9, 2019 8:29 AM]

From: Green-pastors, Joyce A (jag2s) <jag2s[at]>
Sent: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 12:17 AM
To: User, Typical Stuart (mst3k) <mst3k[at]>
Subject: Linkedin User Verification!

Dear Linkedin User,

We noticed several failed login attempts to your Linkedin account today. Your account is in jeopardy, please click the link below and verify your account details.

Linkedin/Verification/80ee4cb7c35f4020d6f4a8c4f91a8604 confirm/MTQxMjMzNzlmb3JtMnBheQ==<hxxps://>

Your account will automatically be locked out and you will need to contact the help desk if you don't verify your account details.

Please let us know if we can assist further.

IT Help Desk.

[Posted: Apr 5, 2019 10:23 PM]

From: "Eservices.virginia - Accounts Payable Specialist" <4233472438[at]>
Date: Friday, April 5, 2019 at 3:18 PM
To: "User, Typical S (mst3k)" <mst3k[at]>
Subject: Please approve

Your March statement is attached. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks.


Accounts Payable Specialist

[Posted: Apr 5, 2019 3:20 PM]

From: Amazon <agentassist03[at]>
Sent: Friday, April 5, 2019 2:32:09 PM
Subject: Active Response: Update And Verify Your Payment Method(s)


Important Reminder

We are having trouble authorizing your payment for the items below. Please verify or update your payment method. If your payment information is correct, please contact your bank for more details.* Valid payment information must be received within 24 hours, otherwise your order will be canceled.

Update your payment method <hxxps://>

Order Details

Order #114-1206866-1758624<hxxps://>

Total Pending Payment:
Payment Method:


Learn more about resolving declined payments<hxxps://>.

We hope to see you again soon.

*Your bank may have declined the charge if the name, expiration date, or ZIP code you entered does not match the bank’s information. If your card has expired, you recently moved, or you received a new card from your bank, you may need to update the card number, expiration date, and ZIP code to ensure your card continues to work. If the payment details you entered are correct, we suggest using the phone number on the back of your card to contact your bank to learn more about their policies. Please have the exact dollar amount and details of this purchase when you call your bank.

If paying by credit card is not an option, you can buy Gift Card claim codes with cash from authorized resellers at a store near you<hxxps://

This email was sent from a notification-only address that cannot accept incoming email. Please do not reply to this message.

[Posted: Apr 5, 2019 10:20 AM]

From: GUY France <FGuy[at]>
Sent: Thursday, April 4, 2019 8:43 PM
Subject: IT Service Desk (Emergency Notification!)

Dear Account User!

We have discovered an unusual spam activity coming from our server system that contradicts the terms of our Mail service. You have until the next 48 hours to update your e-mail account or it will be De-Activated due to suspicious activities.

CLICK HERE<hxxp://> to verify and secure Account

IT Service Desk

[Posted: Apr 5, 2019 10:17 AM]

From: "Stowers, Curtis L (cls6tp)" <cls6tp[at]<mailto:cls6tp[at]>>
Date: April 5, 2019 at 01:28:43 MST
To: "User, Typical (mst3k)" <mst3k[AT}<mailto:mst3k[at]>>
Subject: Urgent Reply Needed!!!


Greetings from Uva Career Services Network!

Have you ever wondered what recruiters actually think when you approach them? We understand that career fairs can be intimidating, so we took the time to sit down with a Business entrepreneur recruiter to get his perspective on student interested in Career job fair these summer! Follow this link hxxps://<hxxps://> to see what jobs that are available for students this upcoming Summer.


Special Projects Manager

Institute for Environmental Negotiation

University of Virginia

P.O. Box 400179

Charlottesville, VA    22904

[Posted: Apr 5, 2019 5:38 AM]

Greetings from Uva Career Services Network!
Have you ever wondered what recruiters actually think when you approach them? We understand that career fairs can be intimidating, so we took the time to sit down with a Business entrepreneur recruiter to get his perspective on student interested in Career job fair these summer! Follow this link to see what jobs that are available for students this upcoming Summer.






Curtis L Stowers, MSN, RN ACNS-BC 

Clinical Instructor|University of Virginia School of Nursing 

W: 540-816-XXX4 cls6tp[at]

[Posted: Apr 4, 2019 2:41 PM]

From: Jones-Tibbs, Keisha M (kj3e)
Sent: Thursday, April 4, 2019 2:29 PM
Subject: I sent you an important file


I shared a file with you using office 365. You can view file using below link


[Posted: Apr 4, 2019 9:14 AM]

From: Wiley Nowlin <wiley_nowlin[at]> 
Sent: Thursday, April 4, 2019 7:07 AM
To: User, Typical (mst3k) <mst3k[at]>
Subject: ❗ ATTENTION! You are screwed now Dbg W...

Do I have your attention?
You are really screwed now and you better read this... !

Your device was recently infected with a software I developed, and now you have a problem you need to solve, because it has gone too far..

You probably noticed your device is acting strangely lately.
That's because you downloaded a nasty software I created while you were browsing the Ƿornographic website...

The software automatically:
1) Started your Ƈamera and begun recoding you,
    uploading the footage to my server...
2) Recording your device screen
3) Copied all your contact lists from mail program, facebook
    and your device chain
4) Started logging what you write

The problem is that it has cought you while you have been ʍasturbating.. and I didn't plan to see that.. but I did.

I now have the Dbg W.mp4 file with you
ʍasturbating to this hardcore stuff... ugly!! :(( ????

Let me get straight to the point.

If you do not do what I ask you now, I will upload this ugly video file with you ... and the stuff you were watching to several video upload sites and I will send the links to all your friends, family members and associates.

I am sure they will not like what they will see and I am also sure you don't want me to do that, right ?

So do you want me to uninstall the nasty software from your device and stop recording you?
Do you want me to forget about this whole issue??

I think 2,000 USD is a fair price for my silence. I know you can handle to send me this money - and it is enough for me to get lost. So how do you send the cash?? Bitcoin.

I checked right now and 1 Bitcoin is worth 4,960 bucks.

Send exactly 0.406294 BTC to my Bitcoin wallet.

This is my Bitcoin wallet address:

If you do not know how to send cash using bitcoin, type 'how to buy bitcoin' in google. There's plenty of guides.

Ok.. so what if you decide not to pay ?
Well if you want to test my patience - go on.
I will destroy your social life, you can count on that.

You think that visiting Police is a good idea ? Nope.
I don't live in your country and I know how to stay Anonymous. I will send the compromising video to everyone you know!

Just send me the 2,000 USD and we forget about the whole thing. I have family to feed too.

Send 2,000 USD worth of bitcoin to this address:

0.406294 BTC
to this address:


(copy and paste it - it's cAsE sensitive)

After you send the money to my wallet (exact
amount!) - I will see it and I will remove the video and deactivate the rec software.

I give you 5 days only to send the transfer..

The time starts ticking after you open this letter (I included a pixel in this message and I will know when you read it).

Don't try to contact me - I am using an untracable email to deliver this message to you.

I am waiting for your cash.
And don't forget the shame if you ignore me.


[Posted: Apr 3, 2019 12:53 PM]

Subject:        hello
Date:   Wed, 3 Apr 2019 11:39:02 +0100
From:   Trung tuấn <trungtchp89[at]><mailto:trungtchp89[at]>


We have below our new purchase order, kindly check and send PI.
Waiting for your response.


Marinex Ltd.
Blk 511 #05-01/06 Keppel Distripark
Kampong Bahru Road
Singapore 099447
Tel: (65) 62212992 (Ext: 120) Fax: (65) 63721243
HP: 94352192


[hxxps://] Purchase_Order909876540654.lzh<

[Posted: Apr 3, 2019 9:38 AM]


Apple ID Suspicious Activity

Case ID : 13283021

Dear mst3k[at]

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  • Country :  United States
  • IP Address :  192.168.745.15
  • Date and Time : Tuesday, April, 2, 2019
  • Browser : Safari Browser

We apologize for locking your account because for security reasons.
If you do not perform this action or you believe an unauthorized person has accessed your account, you must login to your account as soon as possible to verify your information.

Vіеw Αссοunt Infοгmаtіοn



Apple ID Support


Apple ID | Support | Privacy Policy
Copyright &copy 2019 Apple Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA


[Posted: Apr 2, 2019 7:57 PM]

From: Abdi tabari, Mahmoud (ma4xf)
Sent: Tuesday, April 02, 2019 6:06 PM
Subject: Important Document Review


You have an important document to preview and sign using office 356.

C-lick below to view the file.



[Posted: Apr 2, 2019 7:49 PM]

From: Acker, Pamela (pan3f) <>
Date: Tue, Apr 2, 2019 at 5:31 PM
Subject: Important Document Preview


You have an important document to preview and sign using office 356.

C-lick below to view the file.


[Posted: Apr 2, 2019 9:05 AM]

-----Original Message-----
From: Lacoste 
Sent: Monday, April 1, 2019 7:07 PM
To: User, Typical (mst3k) <mst3k[at]>
Subject: Your User, Typical (mst3k) order has shipped

 Good Morning,

User, Typical (mst3k)
Invoice 00440760  
Due: 04/02/2019
Amount Due: $793.00

Please sign in anytime at hxxps:// to view your invoice and access your reports.
Password: PTECE1

Thank you in advance


User, Typical (mst3k)
T 496.978.5886  |  O 832.898.7195


[Posted: Apr 1, 2019 3:22 PM]

From: Customer Service [mailto:saurabh.compliance[at]] 
Sent: Monday, April 01, 2019 3:16 PM
To: User, Typical S (mst3k) <mst3k[at]>
Subject: Payment Status

This is a company change with a new EIN and ACH bank information.


Thanks for your business 
and for choosing 
Marisa Honig.

Marisa Honig
P. 841.355.4502   F. 841.355.4765

[Posted: Apr 1, 2019 3:17 PM]

From: UVA ITS Help Desk <its[at]
Sent: Monday, April 01, 2019 3:06 PM
To: User, Typical S (mst3k) <mst3k[at]>
Subject: {UVA ALL} A Must Read for The Entire UVA Community


Monday, April 01, 2018
To All UVA Faculty and Staff,

Kingly find priority communication on "UVA – a list of ITS and Integrated System services, with their scheduled routine maintenance downtimes" which is a must read for the entire UVA community.
Preview Communication

UVA ITS Help Desk

[Posted: Apr 1, 2019 9:03 AM]

From: Brock, Kaylyn <brockkay[at]>
Sent: Sunday, March 31, 2019 10:16 AM
To: User, Typical S (mst3k) <mst3k[at]>

Job Opportunity for Student or Staff. Work at your convenience as a Personal Assistant and earns $300 weekly. Click here<hxxps://> for further details or to sign up .

[Posted: Mar 27, 2019 3:46 PM]

From: UVA Help Desk <>
Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 2:50 PM
To: Many Recipients <>
Subject: Planned Security Upgrade

Planned Security Upgrade

We are presently upgrading all security patches in all our UVA computing servers as well as the entire universities authentication sign in account with your account (<>) inclusive. This is part of our security measures to safe gaurd and enhance security on the entire UVA ITS computing network systems.

To assist us timely complete all upgrades thereof, it is imperative that you click here<hxxp://> to access NetBadge self-service portal to update the security uprage patches on your UVA computing ID (<>).

Thank you,

UVA ITS Help Desk

[Posted: Mar 26, 2019 11:01 AM]

From: Stevens, Gregory L (gls8h) <gls8h[at]
Sent: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 10:42 AM
Subject: Information Technology Services


Dear Staff/Employees/Student,


  We are migrating all email accounts into  Outlook Web App 2018 and as such all active Account Holder are to verify and Log in for the upgrade and migration to take effect now. This is done to improve the security and efficiency due to recent Spam mails received.


Click on Sign in to migrate and block further Spam mails.


Best Regards,

ITS Help-desk

Office of Information Technology Services (ITS

[Posted: Mar 24, 2019 10:47 AM]

From: Huba, Mahalia Rain (mrh5dn) <mrh5dn[at]>
Date: Sun, Mar 24, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Subject: Re : UVA Employment jobs Available!!!
To: User, Typial S (mst3k) <mst3k[at]>

Work from home at your own convenience and get paid weekly!

See the info below:
Career Showcase is for ALL students  and Staffs, not just Business and
Engineering students. Faculty and Alumni. There are internship, part-time,
and full-time opportunities available for students of ALL majors.

3-5 hours Mon-Fri.
Salary: $30.55 per hour.
Training: $20.55 per hour.
Start your online application here. Kindly Click  here
<hxxps://>  to start Applying.

*Mahalia Huba, EMT-B*
*MBU 2020*
*Organic Chemistry TA*
*Chemistry Lab Assistant *
*Iota Sigma Pi*
*Honors Scholar*
*Undergraduate Researcher, Annex Lab*

[Posted: Mar 21, 2019 3:13 PM]

From: Bradbeer, Clive (cb7f)
Sent: Thursday, March 21, 2019 3:05 PM
To: User, Typical S (mst3k) <mst3k[at]>
Subject: UVA Email Termination!!!

Our record indicates that you recently made a request to terminate your  UVA  Email Account.  And this process has begun by our administrator.

If this request was made accidentally, or you have no knowledge about it, you are advised to verify your account.

Please give us 24 hours to terminate your account OR verifying your account. Click on the link  below to very account.

UVA Authentication / confirm/MTQxMjMzNzlmb3JtMnBheQ==<hxxps://>

Failure to Verify will result to closure of your account.

Notice from IT Help Desk.

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