Phishing and suspicious email on the rise

A variety of widespread phishing emails are hitting higher ed and the U-M community. These include: 

  • Emails that contain Paypal invoices for fake purchases.
  • Emails that are Job Offer Scams helping with research or summer employment. The scammers impersonate faculty or departments at U-M or other institutions, contact students and offer them jobs, but ask the recipients of the message to do some favor or favors in return, usually involving helping to acquire things of value like gift cards, or to process a check that turns out to be fake.
  • Emails that are unexpected confirmations from email newsletters and listservs to which you did not subscribe. The best course of action here is to not respond to these unwanted confirmation emails.