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 ( 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) […]

Suspicious Phone Calls – 3/3/20

We’ve received a report regarding odd/suspicious phone call that seemed to play off the coronavirus fear. We are uncertain what the scammer may have been trying to do. Be on the look out of odd/suspicious phone calls or emails playing towards the coronavirus fear. Some common scams include cancelling hotel reservations due to events being […]

Odd Email from Karen – 1/31/20

‘Karen George’ has contacted you because they ran into your ‘captivating profile’. Immediately this should set off some red flags. Also, this scammer included an invoice for some sort of service. This who scam is odd since they are attempting to be a business while masquerading as networking. Remember if you didn’t seek it out, […]

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