Phishing E-mail Scam Strikes Employees of Duke University
One fresh Internet scam has hit employees of Durham, North Carolina, USA based Duke University, reported abc11.com in news on July 22, 2014. Looking extremely real, the scam distributes one fake e-mail pretending to be a Duke Human Resources message telling that there's one more ongoing salary increment scheme in 2014 at mean 2.5 percent.
As a result, the university's Human Resources department has begun an evaluation of the e-mail receiver so he can have a raise within his forthcoming paycheck, the e-mail continues. Meanwhile, the user just needs to follow a web-link given in the message towards validating and accessing the documents detailing his salary revision, the e-mail concludes.
Now, here's where the scam becomes evident. For, although the URL contains www.duke.edu, an IT security representative at Duke tells that the foremost part of the domain takes onto one Russian server, quite different from Duke's. Abc11.com published this. Typically, anyone following the web-link will be led onto a 'phishing' page that in this case appears near exact of Duke's log-in site. This is dangerous as the site surprisingly asks for the user's bank account details something that people normally do not enter in online. Thus, following the scam, the aforementioned Duke Information Technology security representative is advising all Duke 'subscribers' to start a multi-factor validation system for their A/C.
As already indicated, the above represents one phishing e-mail assault that attempts at obtaining details from Internauts regarding the electronic records they maintain, elaborate authorities assessing the online phishing scam. According to their alert, any individual recipient of the e-mail who has also already complied with the directions in it must instantly communicate with the OIT (Office of Information Technology) through 919-684-2200, the helpline number of the office.
Besides, it isn't merely Duke University of North Carolina which scammers have targeted from July 2014 start. There has been another North Carolina university namely Elon University of Elon whose students received one strange e-mail inside their inboxes during 2nd-week of July 2014. At that time, according to a confirmation by the university's officials, the bogus electronic mails carried the caption "Deactivation of Account!!!"