Below you'll find some examples of current phishing emails seen on campus. The most recent examples are listed at the top of the list. 

If you get a suspicious email but don't see it listed here, Do NOT assume it is safe. There are many variants of every phish, and new ones are sent each day. When in doubt, consult with your IT support staff or the ITS Help Desk.

Report suspected phish messages to the UI Phishing team using these instructions.   However, if you see a particular message you received on this page, there is no need to report it as we are already aware of it.  

Still aren't sure if your email is phishing or not? Here are some tips to recognize phishing scams

NOTES:

  • Never Download images in Phish messages.
  • Never Click links in suspected phish messages. Hold (Hover) your mouse over the link to preview where it goes but do NOT click.
  • Carefully check the FROM address to make sure it is coming from the person you think
  • Never reply to a phish message.

This message may have the subject of Work or Student Work or Student Work-Study.  There will be a file attached name Opportunity.txt or Internship.txt

The sender will vary as well -- it could be the example below or Dr Michael Peterson <drmichaelpeterson0@gmail.com

The subjects and senders may change slightly but all messages should be deleted.

 

The address used may be different than this example -- several different addresses have been reported.

Sender will vary but will appear to be from a university person@gmail.com.  If you respond with your cell number, they will text you and ask for gift cards or something similar. If you are using a mobile device, you could choose the forward or reply option and look at the actual email address it was sent from before actually responding.

Sender will vary but will appear to be from a university person@gmail.com.  If you respond with your cell number, they will text you and ask for gift cards or something similar. If you are using a mobile device, you could choose the forward or reply option and look at the actual email address it was sent from before actually responding.

 

Phish message with text begining with "Please see attached"

.pdf file with malicious link is attached to the email message.

   

Attached .pdf file with malicious link "Here is the document that was shared with you."

The subject may be different depending on the department and the From address may be different but content is similar. 

Email with a displayname of someone you know but with a non-uiowa email address such as @gmail.com.  Email asks 1) if you are available and they need your help or 2) Send me your available text number that I can reach you at or 3) email asks for a gift card or some form of funds.

Phish message appearing to be from someone you know asking if you are available
Article number: 
111136
Last updated: 
January 19, 2021
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