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SPAR – Cybersecurity Scam of the Week – Impersonating Family Members Needing Help


Rarely do we get to report on scammers getting caught, but last week, a grandmother worked with police to catch a scammer pretending to be her grandson needing money. The takedown was captured on her doorbell camera.

It started with a phone call from her “grandson” saying he needed money to get bailed out of jail on a DUI. As she didn’t have any grandsons that drove, she knew right away it was a scam. She went along with it for several phone calls, arranging for someone to come to her house and get the $8,000 needed. Police were waiting.

Many news outlets have filed stories on this. Google “long island grandma scam” to get a list.  You have to love it when the good guys win for once!

What else has been reported to abuse@uthsc.edu this past week?

  • [Ext] Odar Confirmation – we suspect they meant to type “Order Confirmation”, but either way, it was a phishing attempt

We got a few legitimate emails sent to Abuse for examination also. We appreciate those as much as the phishing attempts. It shows that our campus community takes phishing seriously and is suspicious of all communications. It is how we stay safe.

Keep reporting suspicious emails to abuse@uthsc.edu for examination and any other questions for the Office of Cybersecurity should utilize TechConnect to report an incident.