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Unexpected Calendar Invites and Meeting/Class Messages

Beware of Unexpected Calendar Invites and Meeting Messages

As we have all begun to work and attend classes remotely, we are receiving more and more meeting messages and calendar invites.  Almost all of these messages and calendar entries include links to...

Posted: March 27, 2020, 12:45 AM

COVID-19 Insurance Scams

Beware of Insurance Scams

There are many efforts underway to steal information and money through insurance scams.  Some of the recent scams involve: Fake "corona" insurance, Bogus calls warning that your health...

Posted: March 27, 2020, 12:16 AM

Fraudulent Requests for Medicare Information and $1000 Offer

Don't Give out Information or Fall for Unreal Offers

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports a warning from the Florida Attorney General about recent COVID-19 scams.  In one case, ”a 90-year-old woman was asked for her Medicare number so she could...

Posted: March 26, 2020, 11:57 PM

Fake COVID-19 Giftcards

If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is...

For several days, there have been reports of fake gift cards supposedly distributed by Starbucks, Lowes, and Walmart as an ‘apology’ for closing their stores due to social distancing...

Posted: March 26, 2020, 11:35 PM

US DOJ Tracking COVID-19 Scams

The US DOJ has a Coronavirus Fraud Task Force

The US Department of Justice has created a task force to track scams related to COVID-19.  The following web page lists many of the types of scams they are tracking:  COVID-19 Fraud  If you see or...

Posted: March 26, 2020, 11:19 PM

COVID-19 Scams Reported to the BBB

The Better Business Bureau has has a website that tracks scams and fraud. BBB Scam Tracker The Scam Tracker lists information about scams in general, but also has a section about COVID-19...

Posted: March 25, 2020, 12:35 PM

Fake COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Apps

Beware of Fake Coronavirus Smartphone Apps

An Android app, advertised as a coronavirus tracker, mimics the display of the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Research Center main page but also installs spyware into the phone.1   A similar app was...

Posted: March 25, 2020, 11:57 AM

Phishing Email Impersonates Dr. Hrabowski

Beware of Obvious Signs of Phishing

A new phishing email has been hitting inboxes recently: Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2020 16:07:19 +0300 From: President Edu hello good day, let me know when you are available. there is something i...

Posted: March 24, 2020, 4:26 PM

Work from Home Email Scam

Something smells a little phishy...

Here is the content of a likely phishing message: Name of Company: Asics JOB TITLE: Get Paid to Drive JOB DESCRIPTION: We seek interested applicants to go about their normal routine with...

Posted: March 23, 2020, 8:08 PM

Spear Phishing Attacks On The Rise

Community members being targeted for gift card scams

The DoIT Security Group has received reports of a phishing scam targeting the UMBC community.  Please be aware that hackers are sending these email messages to students, faculty, and staff....

Posted: December 10, 2019, 4:36 PM