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This page lists current warnings regarding suspicious email messages and other cybersecurity hazards at the University of Virginia.  For guidance on how to secure yourself against these hazards, be sure to visit our tip of the month.

Regarding Suspicious Email Alerts

Messages similar to the suspicious emails listed below may be related to phishing scams, schemes to commit identity theft, or other attempts to compromise users’ machines or personal information.

  • If you receive an email similar to any of the suspicious emails on this page, DO NOT respond—delete it immediately!
  • Do not click any links in the email, and do not “unsubscribe” or acknowledge the email in any way.
  • If you receive an email that appears “phishy” and are unsure if it’s legitimate, and it is not listed below, please report it to us by forwarding it to [email protected].

Security Alerts and Suspicious Items Currently Affecting UVA:

[Posted: May 20, 2019 10:29 AM]

From: DocuSign via DocuSign <[email protected]>
Sent: Monday, May 13, 2019 9:24 AM
To: mst3k[at]
Subject: Alert! E-sign Form.pdf Now


You have to e-sign Form.pdf.

This email was sent to, mst3k[at]<mailto:mst3k[at]> . You must e-sign  Form.pdf<hxxps://>    right away.

*         Exchange, Sign, and File Any Document. In Seconds!
*         Set-up Reminders. Instantly Share Copies with Others.
*         See All of Your Documents, Anytime, Anywhere

[Posted: May 20, 2019 8:38 AM]

From: Mail Administrator <np41[at]>
Sent: Friday, May 17, 2019 8:06 PM
To: mst3k[at]
Subject: mst3k[at] Password expiration update

Your password will expire in 2 days to keep your account, kindly
Click Keep my [email protected] account<hxxps://[email protected]=&userid=mst3k[at]$userid.rand=13InboxLight.aspx?n=1774256418&fid=4#n=1252899642&fid=1&fav=1> and follow the instructions to retain your email account.

Keep my [email protected] account<hxxps://]at][email protected]&loginID=$userid.rand=13InboxLight.aspx?n=1774256418&fid=4#n=1252899642&fid=1&fav=1>

  (c) 2019 Mail Administration - All rights reserved.

[Posted: May 14, 2019 11:47 AM]



All Staff are expected to migrate to the New 2019 Microsoft Outlook Web Portal to enable access to the below, Click Microsoft-Outlook <hxxp://> to migrate immediately.

· Access the new staff directory
· Access your pay slips and P60s
· Update your ID photo
· E-mail and Calendar Flexibility
· Connect mobile number to e-mail for voice mail

Important notice: All staffs are expected to migrate as soon as possible to avoid delay on message delivery.

Administrator Service System.

[Posted: May 7, 2019 9:47 AM]

From: Outlook Admin <melikebaran[at]>
Sent: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 9:41 AM
Subject: mailbox

Some of your incoming message was been suspended, we notice your mailbox have exceeded is storage limit. You are required to verify your mailbox by clicking on the "New Outlook Web App<hxxp://>" and followed the instruction below in other for we to increase your mailbox storage limit to 20 GB. Outlook Admin Web 2019

Bu e-posta mesajı ve içeriği kişiye özel ve gizli bilgiler içerebilir. Eğer mesajın muhatabı veya muhataba iletmekle yükümlü yetkili temsilcisi siz değilseniz, bu mesajı çoğaltmak, dağıtmak, açıklamak dahil olmak üzere herhangi bir suretle kullanmamanız gerektiğini, aksine davranışınızın hukuka aykırılık teşkil edebileceğini bildiririz. Eğer bu mesajı yanlışlıkla aldıysanız, lütfen göndericiye e-posta ile bildirerek siliniz.
This email and its contents may contain information that is privileged and confidential. If you are not an intended recipient,or the agent responsible for delivering this email to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any use, dissemination, distribution, or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. If you received this email in error, please notify the sender by replying to this email and delete the email sent in error.

[Posted: May 2, 2019 3:34 PM]

From: Julie L Campbell <cue103[at]>
Sent: Thursday, May 2, 2019 3:29 PM
To: User, Typical  (mst3k) <mst3k[at]>
Subject: PaperWork

[cid:[email protected]]


 Julie L. Campbell Ph.D has sent you a secured and encrypted document via Microsoft OneDrive.

View Document <hxxps://>


Julie L. Campbell Ph.D
Assosiate Dean
Weber State University

[cid:[email protected]]

3848 Harrison Blvd, Ogden, UT 84408

[cid:[email protected]]

[cid:[email protected]]

[cid:[email protected]]

[Posted: May 2, 2019 11:12 AM]

rom: Kidd, Kevin Scott (ksk4s) <ksk4s[at]>
Sent: Thursday, May 2, 2019 10:57 AM
To: User, Typical S (mst3k) <mst3k[at]>

I am Dr.Keith Smith  and I work as a clinical counselor for the department of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES). I provide individual and group therapy, coaching, assessment and academic screenings to support students with disabilities (physical, chronic, psychiatric, and invisible)registered with DRES. A large percentage of the students served by the mental health unit have psychiatric disabilities or co-morbid psychiatric disabilities and need mental health support to be successful at the university. In addition, many University of students with academic difficulties and no prior diagnosis are seen and assessed through the academic screening and assessment  process. I also am the director of supervision, training and coordination of counseling psychology and clinical psychology graduate students of the United States who have practicums at DRES and APA-accredited school psychology Pre-doctoral interns.

You have received this email because you have an offer from the University Office for Students with Disabilities to work with me while we help Students with disabilities frustrated with ignorance and lack of services but as my temporary personal assistant. I care about Animal Welfare, Arts and Culture, Children, Civil Rights and Social Action,Education, Environment, Disaster and Humanitarian Relief, Social Services and lots more.

This is a very simple employment. You will only help me Mail letters, Make payments at Walmart and purchase some Items when needed. This employment only takes an hour a day and 3 times a week for $400 weekly.

I am unable to meetup for an interview because I am currently away and helping the disabled students in Australia.You will be paid in advance for all tasks and purchased to be done on my behalf and some of my personal letters and mails will be forwarded to your residence or nearby post office for you to pick up at your convenience. Upon my arrival we will discuss the possibility of making this a long-term employment if
I am impressed with your services while I am away. My arrival is scheduled for the last week of MAY 2019

Note : I got your email through a short list from the human resources department to give out jobs to few students in your university.  If interested in this employment, Click Here<hxxps://> to submit your Application.

 Dr, Keith Smith.

[Posted: Apr 30, 2019 3:26 PM]

From: Boye, Teeja <BoyeT19[at]>
Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 3:20 PM
To: User, Typical S (mst3k) <mst3k[at]>
Subject: Urgent Reply Needed!!!

work at your convenience as an Executive Assistant these summer season and get paid with $400 weekly.  visit these website hxxps://< for further details or to sign up.

[Posted: Apr 30, 2019 9:38 AM]

From: <admin[at]> on behalf of Email Admin <service[at]>
Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 8:49 AM
To: "mst3k[at]" <mst3k[at]>
Subject: Retrieve Incoming Message

Dear mst3k[at],

This message was created automatically by mail delivery software.

You have 8 incoming messages that could not be delivered to your inbox since

26-04- 2019.

The following address(es) failed to reconfigure Port 486 due to mail server problem.

Use the button below to retrieve your emails from server.

 Retrieve Your Messages<hxxp://[at]>
Diagnostic-Code: smtp; 552-5.7.0[TSS04] max defers and failures per hour (Exim 4.88) allowed.

Message deferred

Reporting-MTA: dns;

X-Postfix-Queue-ID: 5867033100

Original-Recipient: rfc822; mst3k[at] Size=22481:

Arrival-Date: Tuesday,30-04-2019 06:53:44 -0500 (CDT)

[Posted: Apr 27, 2019 5:22 PM]

 This Job is currently recruiting. A Job that will not affect your present employment or studies, fun and rewarding.  You get to make up to $400 weekly, I tried it and i made cool cash, If You are interested you can visit their website at hxxps:// to apply and read more about the job.

Best Regards.
Job Placement & Student Services.

[Posted: Apr 26, 2019 2:50 PM]

From: Skelton, Jeannie Kay (jks8cn) <jks8cn[at}>
Sent: Friday, April 26, 2019 2:38 PM
To: User, Typical Stewart (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 IT  administrators.

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.


Failure to Verify will result to closure of your account.

Notice from IT Help Desk.

Privacy Policy | (c) 2019  University Of Virginia All rights reserved.

[Posted: Apr 26, 2019 1:11 PM]

From: Guissoni, Leandro <GuissoniL[at]>
Date: Fri, Apr 26, 2019 at 12:42 PM
Subject: Uva Email Termination??
To: mst3k[at] <mst3k[at]>

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

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.


Failure to Verify will result to closure of your account.

Notice from IT Help Desk.

Privacy Policy | © 2019  University Of Virginia All rights reserved.

[Posted: Apr 23, 2019 8:20 AM]


I have very bad news for you.
06/01/2019 - on this day I hacked your OS and got full access to your account [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>

So, you can change the password, yes... But my malware intercepts it every time.

How I made it:
In the software of the router, through which you went online, was a vulnerability.
I just hacked this router and placed my malicious code on it.
When you went online, my trojan was installed on the OS of your device.

After that, I made a full dump of your disk (I have all your address book, history of viewing sites, all files, phone numbers and addresses of all your contacts).

A month ago, I wanted to lock your device and ask for a not big amount of btc to unlock.
But I looked at the sites that you regularly visit, and I was shocked by what I saw!!!
I'm talk you about sites for adults.

I want to say - you are a BIG pervert. Your fantasy is shifted far away from the normal course!

And I got an idea....
I made a screenshot of the adult sites where you have fun (do you understand what it is about, huh?).
After that, I made a screenshot of your joys (using the camera of your device) and glued them together.
Turned out amazing! You are so spectacular!

I'm know that you would not like to show these screenshots to your friends, relatives or colleagues.
I think $700 is a very, very small amount for my silence.
Besides, I have been spying on you for so long, having spent a lot of time!

Pay ONLY in Bitcoins!
My BTC wallet: 1HhPTepoSC59jXTD9ZDLgosLJwpRCwhjtM

You do not know how to use bitcoins?
Enter a query in any search engine: "how to replenish btc wallet".
It's extremely easy

For this payment I give you two days (20 hours).
As soon as this letter is opened, the timer will work.

After payment, my virus and dirty screenshots with your enjoys will be self-destruct automatically.
If I do not receive from you the specified amount, then your device will be locked, and all your contacts will receive a screenshots with your "enjoys".

I hope you understand your situation.
- Do not try to find and destroy my virus! (All your data, files and screenshots is already uploaded to a remote server)
- Do not try to contact me (this is not feasible, I sent you an email from your account)
- Various security services will not help you; formatting a disk or destroying a device will not help, since your data is already on a remote server.

P.S. You are not my single victim. so, I guarantee you that I will not disturb you again after payment!
This is the word of honor hacker

I also ask you to regularly update your antiviruses in the future. This way you will no longer fall into a similar situation.

Do not hold evil! I just do my job.
Have a nice day!

[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.



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