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Phishing & Other Scams


Critical Information: Credible Cyberthreat (October 2020)

  • On Wednesday, October 28, 2020, the University was notified of an imminent cyberthreat that has been made against hospitals and health systems throughout the U.S. The warning comes from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The cyberthreat does not specify the University of Miami Health System or South Florida but is considered extremely credible. Although the threat is specifically for hospitals and health systems, anyone on the University network can be a source of entry to the entire University system. We continue to monitor the cyberthreat, and encourage everyone to stay vigilant. There is no impact to the institution at this time.

Don't Get Phished: Protect Yourself and Stop Identity Theft

  • Phishing is a form of fraud, in which an attacker tries to learn private information (such as login credentials) by masquerading as a reputable entity or person (usually via email).

Phishing at The U: Scam to Look Out For!

  • At the U, we use a variety of measures to protect email, including advanced threat protection tools. However, scammers are constantly changing tactics. Being aware of phishing schemes and understanding email best practices can help ensure your email stays safe.

Report Suspicious Emails with the Outlook Feature, "Report Message"

  • Report suspicious emails and phishing attempts through Microsoft's quick and easy "Report Message" tool within Outlook.

Stop Scam Phone Calls and Vishing

  • Vishing (a combination of the words "voice" and "phishing") is the fraudulent practice of attempting to steal information or gain unauthorized access to your personal information via a telephone call.

Avoid Technical Support Scams

  • Take precaution when answering a phone call from an unknown or 1-800 number, or if you see a "help" window pop up in your web browser unexpectedly. These could be technical support scams where a representative is offering to help fix a computer problem or sell you a software license.

Visit the Information Security Office's website for additional online security articles.