Campus Targeted by Phishing Emails

Last Updated: 08/26/2020

The campus has recently been targeted by malicious emails that appear to be attempts to steal usernames and passwords. One such phishing email tells recipients that they should visit the Outlook Office Portal and log in to increase their mailbox storage. These emails are not authentic. If you receive one, do not click on the links in the email. Individuals who received this email should simply delete the message.

If you did click on the link or are otherwise concerned that you did something to expose your account, IdentiKey, or other personal information, please call the IT Service Center during normal business hours at 303-735-4357. For more information on the IT Service Center, including hours, visit https://oit.colorado.edu/support/it-service-center

Following is a sample message:

___________________________ 

Subject: Mailbox Storage Notice

*Your mailbox is almost full.*

*4.9 GB*

*0.1 GB*

At 5GB limit, your mailbox will no longer be able to send messages until you increase, maintain and manage your mailbox storage.

Visit the Outlook Office Portal <http://bit.ly/Colorado-Portal> and log in to Increase and maintain your mailbox Storage.

Help Desk Admin

Office of Information Technology Services (ITS)

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Be Aware

  • The university will never send email asking for private data (e.g. passwords, SSNs, credit card numbers, etc.) Always be suspicious of messages asking for private information.
  • If you ever receive a suspicious email, do not reply or click any links or open attachments.
  • You might receive a phishing email from someone you know, particularly if that person’s account has been compromised through a phishing attack.
  • It’s good practice to never click a link in an email. Instead, open a web browser and type the website address or search for it using a legitimate search engine.

Learn More

Although the university uses technology to block malicious emails and phishing websites, this technology is no substitute for being a conscientious Internet user. You can report messages that you believe might be phishing attempts by going to https://oit.colorado.edu/it-security/phishing-emails/report-suspicious-messages. There you will also find a link to a site that lists recently reported phishing attempts (https://oit.colorado.edu/it-security/email-phishing).

If you ever have questions about the legitimacy of a message, you are welcome to contact the IT Service Center at oithelp@colorado.edu or 303-735-4357. Email and phone help is available Mondays through Fridays 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Learn more at https://oit.colorado.edu/support/it-service-center.