Univ. of Iowa Warns of Recent Email Scams

By Vanessa Miller, Reporter


By Aaron Hepker

IOWA CITY, Iowa - University of Iowa students, faculty and staff recently have become the target of “convincing” email scams requesting personal information, and officials are warning potential victims to be cautious.

Scammers have used terms like ITS and HawkID, along with the UI name and an official-looking logo, to convince UI email users to provide login names, passwords and other personal information.

Some of the subject lines in the latest scam emails are “Your HawkID was compromised” or “Your UI NETID was compromised,” according to UI news services. The data thieves then direct recipients to a Russian website, where they’re asked – among other things – to reconfirm login details, according to UI news.

“These are not legitimate messages,” according to the news service. “You will never be sent an email asking you to confirm your login or to confirm sensitive personal information.”

On average, five UI email users a day are tricked into sharing their login information with an identity thief, according to UI officials. The UI also warns that clicking on links in scam emails can silently install malicious software on a computer.

For more information about the UI’s information security guidelines, visit the website.

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