PSA: Rise in Impersonation Emails

There has been a large flux of scam emails sent out to the community. Please be aware that you may have received one. The scam emails will usually be “” and have a short subject line, we have seen “free”, “less busy”, “Dean of Department”, “Director of Department” and others. The scammers will say that […]

PSA: Fitness Trainer Scam – 11/26/2019

This scam is a little different than our run-of-the-mill phishing scam. This individual claims to be interested in a personal fitness coach. What they don’t mention is that they plan on using a stolen credit card to pay us and then have us pay the ‘driver’ (hint hint: it is the scammer) on their behalf. […]

Important College Message From the President – Michael Rao, Phd. SCAM 11/19/19

There is a scam email being sent out to the university by scammers impersonating Dr. Rao. The scammers have sent an email with an attachment with a link to a phishing site, DO NOT open/ download the attachment. Please note that the email address used is NOT but a personal gmail account. If you […]

PSA- Job Offer Scams on the Rise

Please be on the alert for unsolicited job offers. With the upcoming break, we are anticipating that there will be more of these fake job offers targeting students home from the break. We’ve had reports of one from, offering a part time role. Please notice that the random capitalization in the email, the non […]

[Docusign Alert For: [ Victim ] E-Signature Needed [ ].], Scam

There is a phishing email being sent out from Please be on the look out for any emails coming from this address. The email will look like a regular docusign email but will ask you to enter your credentials to see the document. DO NOT put in your credentials, this is a SCAM. If […]

Pet Sitter Scam

This is a scammer is pretending to look for a dog walker/sitter for their ‘uncle’. Don’t be tricked into contacting the scammer as they may solicit you for other information or payments. From: Scammer Sent: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 9:50 AM Subject: [EXTERNAL] Part time Pet walker/ Pet sitter Needed. Good day, I am […]

PSA – Selling Books Scam “Fwd: ‘Now Available’ Title” – 10/31/2019

This scam is fresh off the press! These scammers are selling an out of print book. The book is licensed by “McGraw-Hill Education” which is not mentioned in the email or the email address. My guess is that they do not have the rights to this book, and they are offering an illegal service. Dear […]

PSA- “Available, Are you here?” And other Phishing Scams 10/21

There has been a recent uptick in phishing emails impersonating deans and directors being sent out to the university. Please be aware that you may have received one of these emails impersonating your dean or director. The email will usually have a short subject along the lines of “Hey are you available” or “are you […], Scam 9/23/19

The following is a phishing email posing as VCUHealth and is asking for usernames and passwords as well as other personal information. The scammer is posing as a security alert, that someone has accessed your account, and will need your username and password to confirm your ID, so that you can gain back access to […]

Phishing Email – Subject Line: ‘(VCU); or ‘[EXTERNAL] (VCU Health) E-mail quota’ – 8/30/2019

Phishers never take a break, especially before a long holiday. This particular email was sent out on Friday after. The phisher is attempting to be ‘VCU HelpIt’ and they need you to re-validate your email. Here are some warning signs that this email is not legitimate: The ‘VCU helpIT’ center has not been called that […]