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Phishing Text Messages (2/28/2024)

There is a phishing text message pretending to be ‘Robert A. Winn’ and asking for Apple Gift Cards. The phishing is currently using the number 1-804-847-1252. Stay diligent as phone numbers are easy to spoof. Lastly, remember if someone is requesting gift cards – it is likely a scam.

Virginia Commonwealth University Employees: Retirement Planning Sessions Available

Be wary of unsolicited emails regarding pension planning. Although they may provide a legitimate service, they are NOT affiliate with the University or the State. If you want to receive VCU provided support for retirement, please review the resources located on the VCU HR Website:

QR Phishing Email (11/8/2023)

QR phishing emails are on the rise. The phisher sends you a QR code in hopes that you scan it with your phone. The phisher is hoping to bypass any security controls that your company implements since users will often use their personal phones to scan the QR code. Below is an example of a […]

Phishing Text Message – Suspicious Bank Account 10/2/2023

There is a phishing text message being sent to individuals from the address “”. The phisher/scammer is spoofing the VCU email address. The text message typically references a problem with a bank account. Please do not call the number associated with the text message. An example of the text message is below:

Facebook Messaging Scam (11/3/2022)

Another day, another scam. Today’s scam targets users with Facebook groups. The scammer used facebook branding, and they even have a link that appears to be related to Facebook. Fortunately, when I hover over the link, I realized that it was not related to Facebook. Additionally, the email address is a Gmail address.

Another Job Scam (7/18/2022)

Phishers and scammers all want a piece of someone else’s money. Today’s scam is no different. The scam lures the victim to a promising job opportunity: low hours and high pay. The scammer collects personal information from you and sends you a check. This is where the scam occurs. The scammer overpays you with the […]

Debt Collector Scam (6/27/2022)

Today’s scam involved debt collectors! The phishers impersonated a legitimate debt collection business (e.g. Bierens Group), but they used a fake domain (““). The real debt collectors are ““. Check out the scam below: From: Chahdad – Bierens Collection Attorneys <>Date: Sun, Jun 26, 2022 at 7:50 PMSubject: Outstanding DebtTo: <> Hello Victim I am a Debt […]

Paypal Invoice Scam (5/10/2022)

This is a new type of scam where people register as “vendors” with PayPal and invoices their victims. In order for the scam to work, the scammer is banking on you clicking on the link and paying for the invoice and/or calling the number listed (which will result in the scammer attempting to convince you […]

“Call for you…” Fake Login Page (3/24/2022)

Today’s phishing email is more sophisticated than the typical Norton/Geek Squad Fake Invoice Scam. Today’s scam uses an attached HTM file to redirect users to a fake login page. An example of the email without the malicious attachment is below. ———- Forwarded message ———From: Alert Call Center <>Date: Thu, Mar 24, 2022 at 12:00 PMSubject: Call Log […]

Amazon/Norton Bill Scam (1/31/2022)

We see a lot of these ‘bill’ scams. The scammer will send you a notice regarding a very large bill and provide a number to call. The number is managed by the scammers. The scammer will attempt to ask you for sensitive information such as credit card information, SSN, and Date of Birth. We have […]

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