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Cybersecurity – SCAM of the Week – Video Gamers Beware!


This scam isn’t one just reported last week, but one that’s been trending since March with many people staying home more often. Cyber-criminals have been exploiting the increased interest in video games to launch various attacks, most “offering” pirated versions or a cheat that will help them win. Minecraft was the title most often used by scammers.

The full article from Infosecurity Group’s magazine can be found here: https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/sharp-rise-in-web-attacks-on-gamers/

What else have we seen reported to abuse@uthsc.edu this week? Here are a few examples.

  • Dr. Schwab’s name (but not email address) was spoofed in the ever popular gift-card scam. This one said “I need your assistance!” to start a conversation to purchase gift cards.
  • Office 365 Password Update saying it was coming from “uthsc.edu-IT” when it was actually coming from an email address in Canada.
  • An invoice scheme using DropBox to click on a PDF file that was a phish.
  • Message from “RNP002673C4D7” (looks like it came from a scanner or fax machine?) – sender’s email address was “@get-cake.com” 

Stay safe out there everyone.  Any suspicious email can be forwarded to abuse@uthsc.edu for examination.