Phishing Alerts – September 2020

We have become aware of a few phishing scams targeting students at the University of Washington.

Scam #1 – “Work from Home” opportunities for Dr. 
The email message will appear to come from a “uw.edu” email address with a variety of subject lines, one being “Covid 19 Work From Home.” The content of the emails may vary, and the names of the individuals who claim to be hiring include Dr. Reid Adams, Dr. Amy Marie Hanks or Dr. John B. Hanks.

Scam #2 – “Work from Home” Shadow Shopper for Walmart
The email message will appear to come from a “virmatechlabs.net” email address with a variety of subject lines, one being “HIRING NOW – Work From Home.” The content of the emails may vary, and the names of the individuals who claim to be hiring include Rosetta DuBuque.

Scam #3 – “Part Time Job Posting” for ‘Organic Farmacy Management’ 
The email message will appear to come from a “consultant.com” email address, with a variety of subject lines, one being “part time job posting”. The content of the emails may vary, but the name of the individual who claims to be hiring includes James Lund.

These are NOT legitimate emails or opportunities and are attempts to gain access to sensitive information  – if you receive one of these emails, please:

  • Do not click on any links or take any action as requested in the message.
  • Send the message (as an attachment) to reportedspam@cac.washington.edu.
  • Delete the email.
  • If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate email us at handshake@uw.edu.

UW’s Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) has created some helpful resources:
Scams: What to Look For
Phishing Examples at UW
Scams during COVID-19

More broadly, do you ever find yourself wondering if a position is legitimate, or perhaps too good to be true? We have some great tips to help you assess, and we’re also always certainly happy to help! When in doubt, trust your gut and send us an email!

Happy job and internship searching, Huskies!

By Lindsay Smith
Lindsay Smith Handshake Experience Manager Lindsay Smith