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Scam Email Attempts at Northwestern

Cyber Safety Notice

Be aware that cyber attackers often use high-profile situations (read more on the FTC Coronavirus Advice for Consumers) to coerce individuals into disclosing sensitive information like passwords, account numbers, and more through phishing attempts or by asking for information to be entered on fake websites. If you receive a suspicious message, do not respond to it. Instead, save a complete copy of the message that includes both the full header and the message itself. Once you have the copy saved, send it to

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As part of the University’s continued commitment to providing a secure computing environment to the University community, Northwestern IT provides a list of reported scam email attempts recently targeting Northwestern.

The consequences of responding to phishing emails can be devastating to the individual providing the personally identifiable information and to the University as a whole.

The best line of defense against malicious email is an educated user. Learn more about scam emails and use best practices to protect you and the University against becoming victims of these scams.

Recent Attempts

The emails below are malicious email attempts that have been received by members of the University community and have been approved for posting by Northwestern IT's Information Security Office.

If you believe you have received a scam email that has not been posted below, forward the message to the IT Support Center at

If you have responded to a suspected scam e-mail, you should reset your NetID password immediately and call the IT Support Center at 847-49 1-4357 (1-HELP) to report the bogus email.

Last Updated: 8 December 2020

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