ITS Notification | UK Executive Phishing Alert

February 10, 2020


Information Technology Services (ITS) has been made aware of an email scam where the sender appears to be a University Executive asking the recipients to review guidelines attached in the email. This email is a scam. Example:
Executive Impersonation

 

We ask that you share this warning and remind colleagues not to provide information, click on links or attachments in emails that are unexpected and/or from unfamiliar people, and never send money or gift cards without verifying the recipient.

 
How to detect a potential scam:

  • Poor syntax and/or grammar
  • An unspecified sender
  • Links that ask you to click onto a non-uky.edu address for “secure verification”
  • A fake reply address e.g., UKexecutive@gmail.com, UKexecutive@yahoo.com, etc.

If you use Microsoft Outlook and receive one of these or similar phishing emails, please click on the "Report Message" button in the top right corner of the message window. For more information on how to Report a Message, visit https://uky.service-now.com/techhelp?id=kb_article&sysparm_article=KB0012109.

If you believe you have become compromised from this email, please visit https://uky.service-now.com/techhelp?id=kb_article&sysparm_article=KB0012110.

We appreciate your assistance as we work together to curtail the spread of phishing communications.  For more information on the university’s Cybersecurity training, visit https://uky.service-now.com/techhelp?id=kb_article&sysparm_article=KB0012108.

For 24/7 immediate assistance, please contact ITS Customer Services at 859-218-HELP (4357) or visit the Technology Help Center @ http://techhelpcenter.uky.edu. For assistance with non-urgent matters, email 218help@uky.edu.