Phishing Alert and delays to AOL, Comcast: [SPAM?} {phish-03} Amherst College Email Server Update!!!

This week, many people at Amherst have received a phishing or fraudulent email designed to have you provide your Amherst log on credentials.  Reminder - never share your Amherst user name and password with anyone.

Phishing/Spam/Email Fraud Alert: {SPAM?} Update your Amherst College Account

Many people at Amherst have received a phishing or fraudulent email designed to have you provide your Amherst log on credentials.  Reminder - never share your Amherst user name and password with anyone.

The phishing email has the subject line:
{SPAM?} Update your Amherst College Account

We placed a sample of this email on our list of known phishing attacks:
https://www.amherst.edu/offices/it/knowledge_base/security/phishing#alert

Watch out for IRS Phone Fraud Scam!

Please be careful if you receive a phone call or voice mail message purporting to be from the IRS about pursuing legal action. There are also variations of this scam involving parking tickets, real estate taxes, and foreclosures. This is a widespread phone fraud operation ongoing since at least March 2014. People have reported to the IT Help Desk that they have received these fraudulent phone calls at their home, cellular and campus phone numbers.

If you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS asking for a payment, here’s what to do:

Watch out for the latest in ransomware - it encrypts files and demands money to decrpyt

Other colleges and some corporations are reporting incidents of Windows computers infected with a new type of ransomware called variously Cryptlocker, Filecoder, Crolock.A or Trojan:Win32/Crilock.A. You get this ransomware on your Windows computer by opening an email attachment that contains the program. Typically the email accompanying the attachment refers to your complaint, consumer complaint, or customer complaint. The attachment may be labeled or described in the email as containing details of the complaint resolution and/or as having compensation or refund information.