Security Alerts & Warnings

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:

From: Antonia Garrido
Subject: Typical User
Date: January 11, 2021 at 10:32:55 AM EST
To: "mst3k [at] virginia.edu"

Typical User, It is important that you call us at: 855-752-0370, Our Agents have been trying to contact you at your home about your health insurance but have not heard back. The deadline for open enrollment ends soon... Don't miss out on this chance to save nearly half on your current plan. Our hours are 9am-7pm EST, thank you. ...InsuranceServices 5379 Lyons Rd #883 Coconut Creek, FL 33073, ..If you would like to be taken off the email list visit:.....[unsubscribe - me . net]

Posted:

Beware of "smishing" scams. 

Here is a text message received recently.

This is a scam. Just like phishing emails, do not click on any links or respond to the sender. 
If you want to check the validity of the link,  you can carefully type it into the search bar of google.  
If it's a legitimate, google will show you the webpage in its search results.  If it's not you won't find it or google may flag it as suspicious. 

Also, you can take a screenshot of the text and email that screenshot to [email protected] for verification.

Posted:

From: IT support virginia.edu
Sent: Sunday, December 20, 2020 4:52 PM
To: mst3k [at] virginia.edu
Subject: (mst3k [at] virginia.edu) Verify your account

Dear user,

This is to inform your email account (mst3k [at] virginia.edu) service is currently out-dated and some of your incoming & outgoing messages status already showing pending in our server.
Your service to send/receive E-messages could be suspended next 24 hours time if not verified.

 

You are requested to quickly click below verify button to update/activate your service in full and start enjoying your E-messages service again.

Click here to verify

 

Note:  Your email account send/receive services will permanently be disabled if you fail to verify correctly.

 

 

Posted:

From: virginia.edu [mailto:support [at] sericare.com]
Sent: Monday, October 5, 2020 11:47 AM
To: mst3k [at] virginia.edu
Subject: Dear mst3k, You Have (9) Undelivered Mails

mst3k [at] virginia.edu
You have [9] undelivered mails

Date/Time
10/5/2020 8:46:57 a.m.

Release Pending messages to inbox.

Posted:

From: carolmcdride [at] gmail.com <carolmcdride [at] gmail.com>
Sent: Friday, August 7, 2020 10:30 AM
To: User, Typical (mst3k) <mst3k [at] virginia.edu>

Posted:

From: Anthem EFT Enrollment
Sent: Monday, July 27, 2020 10:42 AM
To: Recipients
Subject: EFT Enrollment Confirmed

[Image removed by sender.]

Subject: EFT Claim U7319

We're notifying you about an important update to your claim ending in U7319 from 7/22/2020 12:00:00 AM.

Just click below to log in to the secure Message Center to review.

Posted:

From: on behalf of "virginia.edu"
Reply-To: "virginia.edu"
Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 2:09 AM
To: "mst3k[at]virginia.edu"
Subject: mst3kt[at]virginia.edu Your Password Has Expired

Do not reply this automation messages

 

Your Password Has Expired

Dear Typical User
Your Password is due to expire on 24 Jul 2020,
Please kindly use the below to continue with the same password.
Keep Same Password

Posted:

From: ZoomInfo Notification >">mailto:noreply[at]e.zoominfo-privacy.com>>
Sent: Saturday, July 11, 2020 10:05 AM
To: Typical User (mst3k) >
Subject: Notice of personal information processing. (This is not an advertisement)

[Image removed by sender. ZoomInfo Powered by DiscoverOrg]

Personal Information Notice

Posted:

Beware of "smishing" scams. 

Here is a text message a UVA colleague received recently.

Someone who came in contact with you tested ositive or has shown symptoms for COVID-19 & recommends you self-isolate/get tested. More at COVID-19anon.com/alert

This is a scam. Just like phishing emails, do not click on links or respond to the sender.    
Real COVID-19 contact tracing will call you (not text or nor email) and will not ask for personal information or for you to download anything.

Posted:

From: Frimpong, Bernard <[email protected]>
Sent: Friday, July 10, 2020 10:52 PM
Subject:

Your mailbox storage has reached 98% on the email server.

98%

100%

At 100% limit, Certain email features like;

*         Sending messages

*         Receiving messages

*         Forwarding messages

will not be available for your utilization.

Visit Outlook Storage Access Page and login to adjust and maintain your Mailbox storage.

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