New Phishing Alert – Summer 2023

We have become aware of another phishing scam targeting UW students.

The email message may appear to come from a UW email address, and the individual will claim to be a University of Washington staff member. The email offers a virtual personal assistant opportunity.

These are NOT legitimate emails or opportunities and are attempts to gain access to sensitive information  – if you receive one of these emails, please follow the steps outlined on the UW-IT Protect Your Email webpage:

  • 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:
Scams: What to Look For
Phishing Risk Advisory
Phishing Examples at UW
Additional Phishing Examples at UW
Tips for Protecting Yourself

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) Associate Director for Employer & Community Connections