Phishing
Phishing Attacks Are a Looming Threat

January 11, 2019


Information Technology Services (ITS) has been made aware of a new email scam. This scam attempts to impersonate an executive at the University of Kentucky to request that money be sent in the form of a gift card.  The phishing email has used a Gmail or Yahoo email account that looks similar to the email address of the executive they are impersonating.  Example:

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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. You can also create a new email message addressed to isthisemailsafe@uky.edu – then, attach the questionable email to inform ITS that a malicious email is circulating.  

We appreciate your assistance as we work together to curtail the spread of phishing communications.