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Two Unusual Phishing Campaigns

Scammers get creative

Recently the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) received notification of two phishing campaigns at other universities.  While neither of these has been reported at UMBC, we are posting this warning as a precautionary measure.
One campaign is an advertisement for extras in a movie.  The extras are to appear nude or semi-nude in a party scene and anyone interested is asked to reply for more details.The email is from a standard gmail.com account, not a recognized film production company.
The other campaign is a questionnaire directed to male recipients asking personal questions about circumcision.  The sender is described as a nurse working for an unnamed non-profit organization.  Like the studio advertisement, the message is from a standard gmail.com account.
Both of these messages are fakes trying to gather personal information about the recipient.  Presumably the goal is identity theft, though there may also be a later attempt to scam the recipient for money.
As always with phishing messages, Please Do Not Reply!

If you have received any message similar to the ones described above, please forward it with its headers to security@umbc.edu. For instructions, visit https://wiki.umbc.edu/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=1867970.

If you need further assistance, please contact us at security@umbc.edu.

For more information about phishing, please visit https://itsecurity.umbc.edu/cyber-awareness/spam-and-phishing-faqs/

Receive any suspicious emails?
Forward them to security@umbc.edu along with the email headers. For instructions, visit https://wiki.umbc.edu/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=1867970.

Posted: January 6, 2023, 4:44 PM