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SPAR – Cybersecurity Scam of the Week – Popular Online Game Basis For Bogus Apps and Scams


Wordle is a daily word–guessing game where users have 6 tries to guess the 5-letter word of the day, or ‘wordle’. The online game has gained popularity, so here come the scammers. Wordle can only be played on a web browser, as there is no official app. Any application to download claiming to be Wordle is a scam. Any smartphone app version of the game is either a copycat or a scam, so keep an eye out.

The official URL to play the game is https://www.powerlanguage.co.uk/wordle/.

We got a lot of scam notifications this past week, so here are some others to watch out for:

  • Emails with only a phone number to call – There is a rise of phishing emails with a fake message and only a phone number to contact the sender. The Norton auto-renewal scams seemed to have great success, so scammers are branching out to different markets.
  • Fake Job Postings – this one came from the FBI, a warning about advertisements posted on recruitment platforms.
  • Fake COVID websites – another warning, this one around similar-looking websites to the U. S. government’s site that offer free coronavirus test kits. According to one report, these test-related scams jumped 521% in January alone.

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

  • [Ext] TRANSIT:NUMBER:#HJN5417D5007_11 – wanting the recipient to click on an attached PDF
  • [Ext] Re: Your Microsoft account is expired! – one of the many red flags to this one was a link to update your payment information. O365 is paid by the University, not an individual’s account.
  • [Ext] REMITTANCE ADVICE, Payment 0110947 – another phish wanting the recipient to click on an attachment.
  • [Ext] **Name of Recipient** – this was another attempt to spoof a Dean’s name asking for a “favor” (to buy gift cards for a scammer)
  • [Ext] Uthsc Important:Service upadate on 11:28 AM, 04 Feb 2022 – two red flags just in the Subject line – #1 UTHSC is not capitalized and #2 “update” is misspelled.

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.