Computing & Information Services

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Bank details request - Posted

Phishers will often browse a company or school web page to harvest names of important people at the school, and specially craft targeted emails. Since these are specially directed emails they are called spear phishing.
Hi Tracy,

Hope you are having a splendid day. I want you to quickly email me the details you will need to help me process an outgoing wire transfer to another bank.

I will appreciate a swift email response.


John K.

See please. Thank you - Posted

Variations of this email are trying to trick community members into updating their contact information. The link redirects to a "" website requesting information such as date of birth, username, password, and email address. Do not submit your information!

From: Angelo, Dana
Date: December 20, 2014
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: See please. Thank you

Please open and update!

Reed College Contact Update

Mail News Update! - Posted

Here is another phishing message making its rounds within the community. Don't forget it's easy to spoof the "From" address in a message so don't assume the message is legit even if you recognize the sender's address. The URL in the message actually links to a different non-Reed website (see image below).

From: Reed College <>
Subject: Mail News Update!
To: Recipients <>

This Email is from Reed College, we will be making some vital E-mail account maintenance to ensure high quality in Internet connectivity in the 2014 fight against spam and improve security, all Mail-hub systems will undergo regularly scheduled maintenance.

To confirm and to keep your account active during and after this process
Kindly Click or copy  the Universal Web Link and fill the following
information: http:/

Reed College•
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97202•

Here is what the phish website looks like:

Another phishing message

REED College Web Login - Posted

This phishing message is cleverly crafted and at first glance appears to be authentic. The sender name is similar to an actual staff member, and the link redirects to a nearly identical looking Reed Web Login page. Look closely at the URL and you will see it is bogus. Do not be fooled by this one!

From: "Access Services Assistant"
Subject: REED College Web Login

Dear User,

It has recently been observed that some users have difficulty logging into REED College Web. Please use this link to check your access.
If you can't login, contact at

Yours sincerely,

Janice Conor
Access Services Assistant
Reed College Library
3203 SE Woodstock Boulevard
Portland, OR 97202-8199
(503) 777-7552

If you follow the link in the message, the website looks like this:

Web Login phish

Warning! your apple account has been frozen temporarily - Posted

At first glance, this message may appear to be legit. The email is purportedly from Apple. A quick mouse hover over the "Verify Now" link reveals a non-Apple website. Don't fall for this phish!
From: "Apple" <>
Subject: Warning! your apple account has been frozen temporarily

Apple phish

Reed College | CIS | Help | E-Mail Clients - Posted

Don't be fooled by this phishy email! Although the link in the message looks like a Reed website, it redirects you to a different site. Don't enter your username or password!

From: Reed College
Subject: Reed College | CIS | Help | E-Mail Clients

Dear Reed College E-Mail Client,

This Email is from Reed College Computing & Information Services - CIS.

The Reed College email policy requires the CIS to send an e-mail communication to you informing you of this emergency updates.

Reed College will be making some vital e-mail account maintenance to ensure high quality in Internet connectivity, in other to boost our sever's anti-spam & anti-phishing server capacity.

All Mail-hub systems will also undergo regularly scheduled maintenance operation. To keep your account active during and after this process, kindly follow the University's email-account re-verification link below;


Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd  Portland, OR 97202, United States

Copyright © 2013 Reed College Computing & Information Services


The link in the message redirects to a website that looks like this:

Phishy website

Phishing message that appears to come from CUS! - Posted

The following message appears to come from the CUS Help Desk, even though we did not send it! This is just another clever attempt by the phishers who want to trick you into revealing your username and password. Do not follow the link in the message or enter your login information.
From: "CUS Help Desk" <>
Date: June 20, 2013 7:12:13 AM PDT
Subject: Reed Email Sign-in Alert

We detected a login attempt with valid password to your Reed email account from an unrecognized device on Thur Jun 20, 2013 07:08 AM EET.
Location: Germany (IP=
Note: The location is based on information from your Internet service or wireless carrier provider.

Was this you? If so, you can disregard the rest of this email.
If this wasn't you, please LOGIN HERE to confirm your ownership of this account and to protect your email account information from potential future account compromise. The office of Information Security will keep this updated if information should change, but we encourage all users to run their updates after the expected release of this patch.

Computer User Services (CUS), Help Desk
Computing & Information Services
© Copyright 2013 Reed College. All rights reserved.

Phish of a phish - Posted

This phishing email warns about being phished!
Phish of a phish

Information Technology Services Help Desk - Posted

It's true that Reed is migrating email to Gmail, but the following email is a phish. Don't be fooled!

Subject: Information Technology Services Help Desk
Date: Wed, 29 May 2013 14:04:32 +0300
From: Reed College <>

Dear User,

Reed College has upgraded the webmail server to a new and more secured
2013 version.

This will enable your webmail take a new look, with new functions and
anti-spam security.

You are advised to "Click" and "Follow" the link below to upgrade and to
enable advanced security features;


Reed College,
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard,
Portand, Oregon
Copyright © 2013•

Phishy website

Missed Package Delivery - Posted

Many Reedies are receiving the following email and wondering if it is legit. The red flag is the web address. If you hover your mouse over the URL (but don't click on it!), you will see it is redirecting to a bogus website.

From: US Postal Service <>
Subject: Missed Package delivery

USPS phish

Notice of Tax Return for Year 2012 - Posted

It's tax season and the phishers are trying to take more of your money! Do not be fooled and don't click on the link in the message.

Your Order - Approved - Posted

Be suspicious if you receive an email about an airline ticket you didn't purchase. Various forms of this email will use other airlines. Don't click on the links in the message!

Subject: Your Order#846280172 - APPROVED
From: Delta Airlines <>

Dear Customer,

Your credit card has been successfully processed.

ELECTRONIC 846280172
DATE & TIME / APR 14, 2013, 12:45 AM
ARRIVING / Washington

Please download and print your ticket from the following URL :


For more information regarding your order, contact us by
visiting :

Thank you
Delta Airlines.

[Info] Important Email Migration? - Posted

Though Reed is migrating email to Gmail, the message below is just phishing for your information. Do not click on the link in the message!

Subject: [Info] Important Email Migration?
From: Admin announcement

Migration to the new email server has commenced, you are required to validate your webmail account here <> for upgrade to take effect.

Users who do not upgrade there account may loose important data information in there mailbox. Please click here <> to update details.

Breaking News - Posted

If you receive the following email, don't be fooled into clicking on the link and filling out the requested information! It's just a ploy from phishers who want your username and password.

Subject: Breaking News

Dear Email user,
We have upgraded our server to more secured version.This is to protect and prevent unauthorized access to your email account.You are require to upgrade your account to secured version by Clicking here or on the secure link below
The personal information requested is for the safety of your account. Please leave all information requested to avoid account deactivation.
Thank you
©2012 Reed College

The link takes you to a form on a 3rd party website:

Phish Form

"Richard Wilson commented on your Wall post." - Posted

If you get an email from someone you don't know, then do NOT click on any links in the email! The links in the phishing message below will not take you to Facebook. In fact, Facebook didn't even send this message (it's easy to make your email say "From:" whomever you want!). Instead, clicking a link in the email below would run malicious JavaScript code that would infect your machine with a virus. The way this phishing message is crafted, it will do things to your computer without your permission. Don't let that happen to you! Never click on links in emails from people whom you do not know!
Subject: Richard Wilson commented on your Wall post.
From: Facebook <>
Date: 2012.08.08 8:45 AM

screenshot of phishing message

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