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Employment scams are on the rise targeting students as well as adults.  The most common scams that we see are:

1) Job offers–Identity take-over, Bank account fraud

2) Spoofed email addressto look like it came from inside Wesleyan to extract HR/tax/employment information

3) Fake logon page to extract credentials


Job offers—These emails are designed to get you to reveal personal information like address, SSN (Social Security or Tax ID number), bank account numbers, and anything that would allow for a full identity take-over.  Once the criminal has this information they can begin to take out credit in your name, access your bank account(s), redirect your get a new Driver’s license, and essentially, be you and ruin your good name.


Spoofed email targeted at people—This is done to get an inside person to perform tasks. The looks like it is from a co-worker or supervisor.The intent is to get you to feel comfortable a supervisor or colleague has asked you to perform a task (move money to an outside account, send Tax/employment information about personnel/students, etc.) without question since it is from a “trusted” source.


Fake logon page—This is a page that very much appears like a legitimate or identical (in appearance) to a Wesleyan logon page.  However, it is asking you to enter credentials for “verification”. We don’t ask for that.  We (ITS) will instead, instruct you to go to your WesPortal to change your credentials but provide no link.  Just instructions.  Any time you are asked for your credentials report the email to security@wesleyan.edu then delete it.  Additionally, if you do click a link you should look at the web page address.  It is very likely not associated with Wesleyan.  It will not start with www.wesleyan.edu/.


If you have any questions or concerns please, contact:

Vince Spiars—Information Security and Operations Manager—ext3072/vspiars@

Antonio Crespo–Chief Information Security  Officer-ext. 2855/acrespo@

Security@   This will generate a ServiceNow ticket and either Antonio or Vince will respond to you.



This is an example of a blackmail email.  The passwords are old and form one of the countless breaches companies have had the lsat several years.  The phrasing can vary a bit and the password will be old.  However, it may be active if you haven’t ever changed it.


Please, red the article on passwords Antonio (our CISO–Chief Information Security Officer)  and I wrote for the Wesleyan Blog. It speaks to the importance of passwords, having different passwords and how to mange them all if needed.

ITS Urges Users to Use Different Passwords at Different Websites


Here is the example


It appears that, (finally), is your password. Will possibly not know me and you are probably wondering why you’re getting this e mail, right?

actually, I put in place a malware on the adult vids (adult porn) web-site and you know what, you visited this web site to have fun (you know what What i’m saying is). During the time you were watching videos, your internet browser began functioning like a RDP (Remote Desktop) which provided me accessibility of your screen and web camera. from then on, my computer software obtained all your contacts from your Messenger, Outlook, FB, as well as emails.

What did I really do?

I created a double-screen video clip. Very first part shows the video you were watching (you have a good taste haha . . .), and 2nd part shows the recording of your web cam.

what exactly should you do?

Well, in my opinion, $1000 is a reasonable price for your little secret. You will make the payment by Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” search engines like google).

Bitcoin Address: 1KTKyyeoVRsEdL5hnPfUBh7HNgp5TdG83GFR34gH  <–Edited but similar
(It’s case sensitive, so copy and paste it)

Very important:
You’ve one day to make the payment. (I’ve a unique pixel in this e-mail, and at this moment I know that you have read through this email message). If I do not get the BitCoins, I will certainly send out your video recording to all of your contacts including family members, coworkers, and so forth. Having said that, if I receive the payment, I’ll destroy the video immidiately. If you’d like evidence, reply with “Yes!” and I will definitely mail out your videos to your 6 contacts. It is a non-negotiable offer, that being said don’t waste my personal time and yours by answering this message.

Dear Wesleyan Community,

The PeopleSoft Student System will be upgraded this weekend.  The upgrade will require two distinct downtimes:

Downtime #1

WesPortal, WFS, and HR will come down for one hour from noon to 1:00 pm on Friday, March 16, 2018 for data backup.

Downtime #2

The Student system will also come down at noon, Friday, March 16, 2018, but it will remain down until 6:00 pm on Sunday, March 18.

During Downtime #2; WesPortal, PeopleSoft Human Resources and the Wesleyan Financial System will be up and available.  Any WesPortal applications dependent on the PeopleSoft Student System will not function.  All other IT systems will remain operational during both downtimes.

Thank you,
Steve Machuga

Director of Administrative Systems, ITS


This is 100% legitimate. Wesleyan is launching a Cybersecurity Awareness program. The letter should look very similar to the following screenshot. Additionally, here is the link referenced in the screenshot below:


ITS is working with our telecommunications vendor on a problem with the voicemail system.  Voicemail is currently not responding and the line will continue to ring.  We will update the community when we know more.

Saturday’s (1/13/2018) PeopleSoft Maintenance is Complete

VPN issues have been resolved.  Services are working normally.

ITS is actively working on problems with VPN connections.  Once connected, not all services are accessible or performing correctly.  We will keep the community posted as we know more.

On Thursday evening, January 11, ITS will be performing network maintenance between 6 PM and 10 PM. We expect this work to be largely transparent to the community. You may experience up to five minutes of network interruption during a couple of intervals in the course of this work. Should this happen, please retry the service you are trying to access. There is no planned sustained outage. In the event that there are unexpected problems, we will inform the community through our usual channels of Facebook and Twitter.

As a reminder, there will be PeopleSoft maintenance Saturday morning, January 13, between 6 AM and 1 PM. PeopleSoft applications will not be available during this time. WesPortal and Moodle will be available.

All Staff and Students are expected to migrate to the New 2018 Microsoft Outlook Web portal to access the below, click here to migrate  <—This link takes you to another site asking for your credentials.
· Access the new staff directory
· Access your pay slips and P60s
· Update your ID photo
· E-mail and Calendar Flexibility 
· Connect mobile number to e-mail for voice mail
Important notice: All staffs and students are expected to migrate within 24 hours to avoid delay on mail delivery.
On behalf of IT Support. This is a group email account and it’s been monitored 24/7, therefore, please do not ignore this notification, because it’s very compulsory. 

Admin Team.
If you fill this out you will be notified they will contact you within 48 hours.  This is all a lie.  They may impersonate you within 48 hours but they will not be contacting you.



I am Dr. Greenfield is a co-founder of California Heart Associates in Orange County, California. I am a board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, and Clinical Lipidology. I received my B.A. from City University of New York, Brooklyn College, and my M.D. from the State University of New York- Downstate Medical Center. After My Residency and Fellowship, I went on to accept an academic position at UC-Irvine Medical Center as full-time faculty before co-founding California Heart Associates in 1979. After twenty-one years, I accepted a full-time faculty position in the Division of Cardiology and as Director of the Cardiology Clinics at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland where I stayed for three years before returning to California Heart Associates. I continue teaching and I am a national and regional speaker for several pharmaceutical companies, and can periodically be heard on KFI-AM. My research includes the fields of lipidology, acute coronary syndrome, and risk factor modification. I am currently on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Chapter of the National Lipid Association. As California Heart Associates completes its thirtieth year, I remain full-time in my busy practice of cardiovascular diagnosis, treatment, cholesterol management, and prevention and cannot handle most of my bookings and personal errands perfectly anymore.

You have received this email because you have an offer from the University Office for Students with Disabilities to work with me while we help Students with disabilities frustrated with ignorance and lack of services but as my temporary personal assistant. I care about Animal Welfare, Arts and Culture, Children, Civil Rights and Social Action, Education, Environment, Disaster and Humanitarian Relief, Social Services and lots more.

 This is a very simple employment. You will only help me Mail letters, Make payments at Walmart and purchase some Items when needed. This employment only takes an hour a day and 3 times a week for $620 weekly.

 I am unable to meetup for an interview because I am currently away and helping the disabled students in Australia. You will be paid in advance for all tasks and purchased to be done on my behalf and some of my personal letters and mails will be forwarded to your residence or nearby post office for you to pick up at your convenience. Upon my arrival we will discuss the possibility of making this a long-term employment if I am impressed with your services while I am away. My arrival is scheduled for the last week of Jan 2018

 To Apply, Please email your Full name, Address, Alternate email (different from school email) and mobile


Dr. Robert S. Greenfield

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