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Cybersecurity – SCAM of the Week – Cyber Monday is Here


We’ve talked about holiday and online shopping recently, but as today is Cyber Monday, we would be remiss not to make you aware of scammers specifically targeting online shopping and what to do to protect yourself. It is holiday season for the bad guys too.

Here are this year’s Top 10 Holiday Cybersecurity Alert Tips:

  1. Keep all devices up to date with basic security measures to lessen your chance of becoming the victim. 
  2. Only connect to known Wi-Fi networks; beware of network names that have typos or extra characters. 
  3. Use strong, unique passwords on all accounts. This is a good time to update passwords! 
  4. Be safe on all social media; don’t overshare and take the time to review your privacy settings on the platforms you use. 
  5. Keep an eye on your bank accounts and monitor your credit report regularly.
  6. Be careful with messages regarding shipping changes. Always use official channels to stay updated. 
  7. Watch out for holiday greeting cards that may not be the sender you think! Don’t open these unless you’re certain you can trust who they came from.
  8. Keep devices in view (or know where they are) throughout the course of all holiday travel. 
  9. Pay close attention to the websites you visit and shop on. It’s safest to only use those you trust
  10. Be wary of ads, giveaways, and contests that seem too good to be true. These run rampant during the holiday season! 

Also reported to abuse@uthsc.edu these past couple of weeks (please note these all came from external email addresses):

  • [Ext] ***(Expense Disbursement) – requesting someone to help with a “payment” (from a Gmail account).
  • [Ext] Payroll Error – a spoofed name of a UTHSC person, but the email was from France. 
  • [Ext] INTERNSHIP – email sent to many individuals with the same last name
  • [Ext] Staff & Student Employment – “in this time of crisis” used to give a sense of urgency, the email is offering a job opportunity that is too good to be true. 
  • [Ext] RE: Please, be careful! – telling the user they have to click on a link to Google Drive to see the person’s “reported illegal activity”. 

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.