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:


From: sophia.cooper <sophia.cooper [at]>
Date: Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 4:12 AM
To: mst3k [at] <mst3k [at]>
This message was sent from outside your organization. Please do not click links or open attachments unless you recognize the source of this email and know the content is safe.

The University system has been upgraded and a bank update is required on your account. Since our system has been upgraded all staff and other users are required to update their direct deposit information to avoid delays on any future payment Payroll and other direct deposit payment.


Complete Your Bank Update Here.<hxxps://>

Payroll Specialist,
University of Virginia.


From: Sarah Johnson
Sent: Friday, July 28, 2023 11:21 AM
To: User, Typical S (mst3k)
Subject: Retirement Planning Sessions for the University of Virginia Employees

Limited availability. Schedule today!
Retirement Meetings for the University of Virginia Employees

As a valued employee of the University of Virginia, you are eligible for a free one-on-one retirement planning session with a state pension expert.

As part of this meeting, you will be provided information that will help you figure out:

  *   Your expected income when you retire
  *   How much longer you will have to work
  *   How you can save more money for retirement
  *   Which options have guaranteed income when you retire


From: Zahid, Rahmatullah (rz3g)
Sent: Friday, July 28, 2023 12:31 AM

I am delighted to present an exciting opportunity: Temporary Personal Assistant needed for COVID-19 support at YMCA.
Part-time, remote role with a competitive salary. Apply now to make a positive impact on lives.
Review YMCA Job Offer for instructions and contact Ms. Stephanie Minor for guidance using your personal email address (Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail)
Thank you for considering this remarkable opportunity. We eagerly await your application and the possibility of welcoming you to the YMCA team.

Best regards,

Zahid Rahmatullah



We have a new Data Entry Clerk job opening, you will be working from the comfort of your home. Monthly pay is $10,000 with other benefits. Please email me back if you are interested.


Joe Condit
Technical Recruiter
Copiers Plus Inc


The email was specifically sent to recipients within the UVA Community (July 11) at 9 AM. If you have received the email, it is important that you follow the instructions provided in the message as soon as possible.

UVA Information Security


Dear Faculty, Staff, Students, and Colleagues: 

On June 1, the University was the target of a sophisticated cyberattack. Within hours of occurrence, this unauthorized access was identified and contained by our Information Technology Services (ITS) team. 


From: Virginia MFA Settings <[email protected]>
Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2023 2:15 PM
To: User, Typical S (mst3k) <[email protected]>
Subject: Action Required: Virginia Account Requires MFA Setup For [email protected].

Action Required: Virginia Account Requires MFA Setup



From: Archer Parsons
Sent: Friday, May 12, 2023 3:53:17 PM
To: User, Typical S (mst3k)
Subject: Verified Part-Time Job Opening

Approved Job for the School
Personal Assistant Service

All Email recipients of University of Virginia are encouraged to be a part of this amazing offer.  This is a part time job that will not affect your present employment or study at the campus & you'll be working from home. It’s fun, rewarding, and flexible.

2-3 hours daily

Six Hundred And Eighty Dollars ($680)

Part-Time Job.


      To apply, Be sure to visit the link below.

                                     APPLY HERE


Sent: Saturday, May 6, 2023 7:58:13 PM
Subject: Benefits Program for Eligible Applicants.

The Employee Assistance Benefits Program (EAP) will be supporting all students and employees financially in getting through the current community hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


The EAP plan is to provide up to $4,500 in financial assistance to all eligible students and employees. Visit Benefit Portal and carefully follow all instructions to submit your application.


All the information requested is required for your application to be processed.




Beldi ERIJ


From: Brenda Wood
Sent: Saturday, May 6, 2023 2:08 PM

I wanted to share a part-time job opportunity with you that can be done remotely. The job pays $705 per week and it's with the World Health Organization (WHO). If you're interested, I have attached a word document with more information on how to apply.


From: "Crumpton, Christine"
> Subject: Compliance and Ethics Training
> Date: May 5, 2023 at 6:54:32 AM EDT
> To: Undisclosed recipients:;
> Good morning;
> Our records indicate that your Discrimination and Harassment training will expire within 24hrs. You are required to complete this training within 24hrs. All employee MUST complete Discrimination and Harassment Training to comply with State law. Employee must complete training regardless of the type of work they do as defined in the Mandatory Training Policy 3364-25-127.