VCU Phone Number Spoofing (1/22/2021)

We’ve received several reports that a scam artist is spoofing the VCU phone number for nefarious purposes. If the scam artist cannot reach you, they will leave a voice mail and request that you call them back at a non-VCU number. Do not return the phone call. Remember: VCU employees will never call you to […]

Internship Scam (1/4/2020)

As we welcome the start of a new year, phishers are ready to send out scams. Our most recent scam is an internship scam. The email has the subject “Internship Work Order RM-4154 is Completed” and contains a PDF document that lists a job offer and a number to call (479)-888-XXXX. Don’t be fooled! There […]

Academic Integrity Scam Targeting Students (11/12/20)

Please be aware that the VCU information Security office has received notification of a scam that is targeting students. The scam involves the scammer stating that they have evidence that the victim is cheating on or in their classes. The scammer will provide photoshopped screenshots of emails that they have from Karen Belanger, the director […]

Fedex/USPS Phishing Text (11/4/2020)

We’ve seen a recent uptick in the fake Fedex/USPS/UPS Text messages. The scam works like this: you’ll receive a text message that appears to be from Fedex/USPS/UPS. The text message will contain a malicious link. This link will lead to a website which may appear to be a fake-amazon or other online retailer. The fake-website […]

Pet Sitting Scam (9/1/2020)

It’s that time of year again when payment scams start to flourish. The pet-sitting scam offers a great incentive to watch an individual’s pets ($400 a week is great!). The downside is that they will often send you a check larger than the $400 and will ask you to send some of the money back […]

Fake VCU Job Offer via Facebook Messenger (8/31/20)

There is a fake VCU job offer scam that is being distributed over Facebook Messenger. The user posing to represent VCU is named ‘Stephanie Snyder’. Please be aware that VCU lists jobs on the VCU Jobs Website (https://www.vcujobs.com/) and will not contact users via Facebook Messenger.

PSA- “Available, Are you here?” And other Phishing Scams 8/5/20

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 […]

Fake VCU Housing Application Text (5/11/20)

We received a report from an end-user that received a fake-VCU Housing Application Notice. The text included the following message: “Important update in your VCU account regarding your housing. Application not received and you may be at risk of off-campus housing. Click the link for more details “ Please be aware that VCU Residential Life and […]

Fake Microsoft Page – Stock#Children’s Specialty Group Email – 3/31/20

We received this phishing email today. It was from a ‘cyndi.fischer@chkd[.]org’ with the subject line ” Stock#Children’s Specialty Group, PLLC 03/31/2020 “. Unfortunately, this individual’s account had been compromised and a phisher was using to send phishing email to their contacts. This email contained a link that went to a fake Microsoft Login page. Remember […]

Warning: COVID-19 Scams on the Rise

Hello, This is general PSA to alert the community about an uptick in COVID-19 related scams. As always, scammers and bad actors will take advantage of a bad situation. There has been reports that there are some scam emails stating that the scammer have access to scarce resources (toilet paper, hand sanitizer and face mask) […]