Recently, the Division of Information Technology(DoIT) received multiple reports of job phishing emails. The scammers sending these emails are impersonating Professor Brodsky of the Department of Psychology. Below is an example of such an email. For privacy purposes, we removed the To field.
From: Holly woodard <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, May 1, 2022 at 12:48 PM
Subject: Internship UMBC
University of Maryland, Baltimore County, The Office of the Department of Psychology urgently needs the services of students to work remotely as research assistants and get paid $300 weekly. The position is served remotely and assignments can be carried out in your leisure time. The position is open to students from any department of the institution UMBC. To proceed with the application process, contact Professor Anne E. Brodsky now at (310) 818-3769 via text message stating your full name, email address, year of study, and department to receive the job description and further application requirements.
Professor Anne E. Brodsky
Performing Arts & Humanities,
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Please note that the Psychology Department or Professor Brodsky did not send this message. Three visible red flags in this email are:
The From address is not a UMBC email. If the Psychology Department or Prof. Brodsky were sending this email, the From address would have been a UMBC email address. However, it was sent from <email@example.com>, which is not a UMBC affiliate. Please note that it could have been spoofed, even if it appears to originate from a UMBC email. Therefore, always check with DoIT(firstname.lastname@example.org) or email/contact the impersonated person on a completely different email when you see a conflict in the address.
Phone number. A lot of scammers will ask for your phone number. If their number gets reported, they could easily get a new one. If you ever receive a job offer asking for a phone number in general, BE SUSPICIOUS!
The email template. This template is widespread. After a quick Google search, we found a few Job scam articles with the same template. So if you are ever in doubt, GOOGLE IT! UMBC will not use a known phishing template to offer you a job opportunity.
For more information about phishing, visit https://itsecurity.umbc.edu/critical/?id=98136.
If you have received any message similar to the one listed above, please forward it with its headers email@example.com. For instructions, visit https://wiki.umbc.edu/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=1867970.
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Forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org along with the email headers. For instructions, visit https://wiki.umbc.edu/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=1867970.
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