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Cybersecurity – SCAM of the Week – Coronavirus relief scam impersonates the FTC


A few days ago, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reported a scam that impersonated their agency about receiving coronavirus relief money. The bad guys are looking to steal personal and banking information from those who fall for a fake email (phishing).

The email says it comes form Joe Simons (FTC Chairman) and states you are getting relief money, but you have to pay your taxes first. With fake certificates and official looking letters from government agencies, it leads you down a path you don’t want to go.

Read the notification from the FTC here and visit the Office of Cybersecurity’s home page for information about the resources we provide.

Also reported to abuse@uthsc.edu in the past week:

  • [Ext] uthsc.edu_Action: Message says it is a secure fax, it is from an outside email address. Says the link is only good for 59 minutes – a sense of urgency is usually used with these phishing emails.
  • [Ext] Email to communications: The “From” field says Uthsc Help-Desk, but the email address is from the United Kingdom.
  • [Ext] INTERNSHIP POSITION AVAILABLE: asking recipients to click on a link for details.
  • [Ext] Password Reset for Uthsc: NOT from ITS, this email offers you the chance to keep your current password, which is against UTHSC policy.
  • [Ext] Reply soon: extorsion attempt from a Gmail account.

Stay safe everyone, and remember to report anything suspicious to abuse@uthsc.edu or contact the Office of Cybersecurity at 901.448.1880 or itsecurity@uthsc.edu.