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 a former student of the school. My Uncle Steve just got transferred there and needs a pet sitter for his dogs twice a week for $300 weekly. Kindly contact him on: ( or forward this to anyone that might be interested.


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 Professor,

From: reprint service <>
Date: Thu, Oct 31, 2019 at 1:07 AM
Subject: “Now Available” Title ” SocialConflict: Escalation, Stalemate, and Settlement 3rd edition” by Professor Dean G.Pruitt (Professor Emeritus George Mason University, USA ),and Professor Sung Hee Kim (University of Kentucky) at$137.00 and free shipping all over the world…so Order now,get your copy and then pay

We have recently printed Professor Dean G. Pruitt (Professor Emeritus George Mason University, USA ), and Professor Sung Hee Kim (University of Kentucky) book “Social Conflict: Escalation, Stalemate, and Settlement 3rd edition”.  By So now this title is in print and ready to ship. You can order this title at $137.00. It is a nice 340-page softcover book. So send all your inquiries to

About the book:

Useful at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, Social Conflict has been the standard-bearer for brief, sophisticated coverage of all the key research on social conflict and its resolution from a psychological perspective. Dealing with interpersonal, intergroup, interorganizational, and international conflict, the new edition is thoroughly updated and offers additional content to address recent findings and world events.

Following are the Table of Contents for your glance:





1 Overview

Overview of Theory

The Persistence of Psychological Changes

The Persistence of Changes in Groups

The Persistence of Community Polarization

We look forward to your order.

Best Regards,


Note: This email was sent to you due to your interest in publications. If you do not wish to receive any further information from us, please click on Reply button and type Remove in subject field. We regret any inconvenience caused.

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 on campus”. The scammer will use an email address that looks very similar to the impersonated person. For example, we’ve seen emails come in from,, or Notice that all of these emails are NOT official VCU emails, they are not from a address. As such they should not be trusted. Please take the time to review the entire email before responding, any email address not from a account should not be trusted.

The scammers are after gift cards and will use a wide variety of tactics to gain your trust. The scammers will ask that you text them, they cannot take a call because they are stuck in a meeting. They will then ask that you complete a favor for them, which is to get a couple gift cards and send over the information to them. PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND AND DO NOT PURCHASE ANY GIFT CARDS. You will NEVER be requested by VCU to purchase ANY GIFT CARDS.

If you are unsure if an email is a scam, please forward the email to for further investigation., 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 the account.

Please note that the email address is not from VCUHealth. VCU and VCUHealth would never ask for your password. And the email is addressed very generically ( user). All of these are signs of a scam. If you have received this email please delete and ignore it.

From: “”
Date: September 23, 2019 at 13:35:50 EDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;

Dear User,

Your account was recently login from a strange IP
Address starting with: 678.30.76.42… For these reasons our records
indicate you are no longer a valid/active and current user. your
account has been scheduled for resetting on this month of
SEPTEMBER/2019. As part of these process, your account, files, Email
Address messages, Etc. will be place on hold and be deleted after 3
working days. You will lose access to your account. To Retain Your
you are advice to respond promptly with your valid and active user
info. See required info below:

Name In Full:
Tel Number:
A Valid ID:

Failure to respond on time will lead to this account De-activated from
the Database within the next 3 working days.

Thank You.,

NOTE: This message has been verified by our “Authentic Message.
Registry” group.

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 in many years (It is now the IT Support Center)
  • There are misspellings (‘Dear (VCU Health) Accouunt User)
  • The actual email is from ‘awebmail369@gmail’. This is not a valid VCU email address.
  • They are linking to a non-VCU website

As always, if you see a suspicious email, please forward it to before you click on any links or respond! If you do forward us the email, you can be entered into a raffle to win cool prizes! Learn more at


From: VCU – helpIT Center <>
Sent: Friday, August 30, 2019 4:03 PM
Subject: [EXTERNAL] (VCU Health) E-mail quota.

Dear (VCU Health) Accouunt User,

You have exceeded your (VCU Health) email quota, Click on the link below to
re-validate your VCU Email account.


HelpIT Center | VCU Health Services

Phishing Microsoft OneDrive Link (Subject Line: Timmons Wong Shared ‘Regina Largent’ with you.) – 8/26/2019

This phisher sent out an email with a phishing link directing users to a Microsoft Share Point and then to another website. The final website was harvesting Microsoft usernames and passwords.

You can see a screenshot of the email below. The following should be going through our heads when we receive an email:

  1. Do I know this person? (Answer: Nope!)
  2. Was I expecting to receive an email with a document attached? (Answer: Not at all!)
  3. Does my organization use Microsoft to share documents? (Answer: Unless you work on the Health side, most users at VCU use Google Drive and Google Docs).


Phishing Email Example

Deactivated Accounts Email from the ‘IT Support Center’ — Phishing Website (8/21/19)

The phisher is attempting to have VCU users click the malicious link in order to steal the user’s passwords. We know this is  a scam due to a couple of reasons:

  • The email address is ‘’ and not a VCU email address (
  • The grammar is bad (E.g. …advised to verify this request otherwise give us reason to deactivate your account….)
  • The text uses multiple colors (green, red, black(.
  • This person claims to be an ‘Instructor’ and ‘IT Support Center’

You can see a screenshot of the email below.


This is a phishing email picture.

PIT249847 – Service Request Approval Required, SCAM 8/9/19

The following is a scam, which will lead you to a login page. The page is a fake login page which will steal your credentials. Notice that the email address is not from a department VCU email, it is not even from VCU. Also notice that if you hover over the link, it will lead you to a non-vcu site. All of these are signs of a scam. If you have received this email please ignore and delete it.

From: Garza, Christina
Sent: Friday, August 09, 2019 8:07 AM
To: Garza, Christina
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: PIT249847 – Service Request Approval Required



Dear User,

Follow Here to apply for the new salary scheme and payroll related information.

Best regards,

Payroll Information Technology Team.

VCU Tuition Option for Fall 2019, SPAM (8/5/19)

The following email is targeted at students, specifically their interest in student loans. The spammers are quite persistent and will employ multiple email addresses from multiple domains to avoid spam filters. If you see this email or an email similar to this please delete it.
From: Student Loans
Date: August 5, 2019 at 4:46:06 AM EDT
Subject: VCU Tuition Options for Fall 2019

Hey Victim,

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The following is a fake job offer scam. The scammer has taken control of an .edu account from mccd (Merced College) and is using it to appear more legitimate.

The email will say “See Attachment” in the body and the attachment has a text document with the job offer.

If you have seen this email please delete it.


From: Anthony R. Bellino, Sr.
Date: Sun, Jul 28, 2019 at 6:34 PM

Good Day, I am Dr Cole Mary Grace E, I work as a Physician Assistant for the department of Children Center for Disability Services (CCDS). I provide individual and group therapy, coaching, assessment and academic screenings to support students with disabilities (physical, chronic, psychiatric, and invisible)registered with UNICEF. A large percentage of the students served by the mental health unit have psychiatric disabilities or co-morbid psychiatric disabilities and need mental health support to be successful at the university. In addition,many University of students with academic difficulties and no prior diagnosis are seen and assessed through the academic screening and assessment process. I also am the director of supervision, training and coordination of counseling psychology and clinical psychology graduate students of the United States who have practicums at CCDS and APA-accredited school psychology pre-doctoral interns.You have received this email because you have an offer from the University Office for Students with Disabilities to work with me while we help Students with disabilities frustrated with ignorance and lack of services but as my temporary personal assistant. I care about Animal Welfare, Arts and Culture, Children, Civil Rights and Social Action, Education, Environment, Disaster and Humanitarian Relief, Social Services and lots more.This is a very simple employment.You will only help me Mail letters, Make payments at Walmart and purchase some Items when needed. This employment only takes an hour a day and 3 times a week for $450 weekly.I am unable to meetup for an interview because I am currently away and helping the disabled students in Geneva, Switzerland.You will be paid in advance for all tasks and purchased to be done on my behalf and some of my personal letters and mails will be forwarded to your residence or nearby post office for you to pick up at your convenience. Upon my arrival we will discuss the possibility of making this a long-term employment if I am impressed with your services while I am away. My arrival is scheduled for the First week of August 2019

To Apply, Please email your Full name, Address, Alternate email (different from school email) and mobile and Correspondent will reply you as soon as possible.

Dr Cole Mary Grace E

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