New Phishing Alert – Spring 2021

We have become aware of a new phishing scam targeting students at the University of Washington.

These scam email messages will appear to come from a “” email address, with a variety of subject lines, one being “Job Offer Letter.” The individuals claim to be UW professors offering roles as interns or assistants. Scam email messages have been sent by individuals claiming to be Dr. Andrew Ainsworth and Professor Charley Heskett.

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
  • Delete the email.
  • If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate email us at

UW’s Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) has created some helpful resources:
October 2020 – Job Scams Target UW Students
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 (She/Her)
Lindsay Smith (She/Her) Handshake Experience Manager