Computing & Information Services

Email Threats

Don't take the bait! This page shows example email threats, such as phishing scams, that you should avoid. Phishers are fishing for your personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers. Never provide this information by replying or following links in the email. Under no circumstances will CUS or other members of the CIS department ask for your password. If in doubt about the legitimacy of an email, contact CUS. To learn how to keep yourself protected, visit our phishing page.

To report a phishing scam you receive, email it (with full headers) to

Chrome Malware - Missing Font - Posted

Users of the Chrome web browser are being targeted by a fake font plugin that installs malicious software on your computer. If you see a pop-up indicating the "HoeflerText font wasn't found", do NOT click the button to update. Other font name could be used in the future. The pop-up appears legitimate because it displays a chrome logo. Be wary of such pop-ups!

HoeferText font wasn't found

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A Payroll Representative - Posted

A new phishing email that is targeting the Reed Community and purports to be from "". A similar message is also targeting other colleges and universities. DO NOT reply, click on any links, provide personal information, and open any attachments. Contact the CUS Help Desk with questions or concerns.

Subject: A Payroll Representative Needed
Date: Tue, 5 May 2015 19:36:08 +0200
From: Reed Employment <>


Are you interested in a part time book keeping job for a private client? This job only takes one hour of your time daily and pays a total of $1,200 monthly(4weeks)?

Can you take record of cash flow via excel spread sheets? If YES, then apply immediately and fill this opening.

Attach a letter of interest as well as resume highlighting past experiences gathered over time.

The employer's direct email has been attached to this ad, hence respond only if you are interested.


Thank you,

Ubanya Firoshi

Employment Bureau

Paycheck Raise Information - Posted

This timely phishing scam is targeting faculty and staff. Do not click on the link! Contact CUS at x7525 or with questions.

From: REED-HR <>
Date: Tue, May 5, 2015 at 9:36 AM
Subject: Paycheck Raise Information

Hello, As part of Reed College standard practice to offer salary increases once a year after an annual review,
the Human Resources reviewed you for a salary raise on your next paycheck in May

Click below to confirm and access your salary revision documents:

Click to conrfirm <link to non-Reed site>


Human Resources

Reed College

Google Doc scam - Posted

Be careful with emails from people you don't know linking to what purport to be trusted sites. Hover your mouse over the link to see where it really goes! In this case,, not Google at all! Phishers also use Google docs to collect names and passwords, so beware of those as well.

From: Matthew Jarvinen <>
Date: Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 7:33 AM
Subject: Important, view attachment

An important document sent to you via Google Docs Apps.
Google Drive: create, share, and keep all your stuff in one place.Logo for Google Drive

Matthew Jarvinen

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.

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