COVID-19 Phishing and Scam Emails

Malicious actors are always using new methods to obtain sensitive information. A global pandemic like COVID-19 is not going to stop them either. With awareness and proper email hygiene, we can degrade this risk to our network and sensitive information. Below are three examples of COVID-19 Phishing and Scam Emails sent to CWU users.

The following trends are observed:

  1. The sender is not a CWU email.
  2. Warning Banner indicates the recipient of non CWU originated email.
  3. Email has spelling and grammar errors.
  4. A sense of urgency is put in the email to invoke the recipient to perform an act.
  5. Links are present that take a user to a site that may require data input or login with credentials (ie. CWU Account, Google Account, Facebook Login).

If you suspect an email is attempting to Phish or Scam you, please use the "Report Message" feature available on your CWU Outlook to forward this to the Security Services team.

Example 1:

Example 2:

Example 3:


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