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

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
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