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Be aware of phishing scams involving U-M emails

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8/6/13 Rubin Quarcoopome is one of a few students studying late into the night in one of the Art and Design studios during a "Day in the Life" of the University of Michigan on August 6, 2013.

University of Michigan has reported several instances of compromised U-M email accounts over the summer months. Malicious emails were sent to some students and alumni with U-M email addresses asking for personal information, including Social Security numbers, via Google Forms.

These are not official emails from U-M or another official source. If you receive these emails, do not click on any links contained in them.

Be advised:

  • The U-M Office of Financial Aid and the U-M Student Employment office never asks for personal identifiers such as Social Security numbers, drivers license numbers or bank account and credit card numbers over the phone or asks you to submit information through email links. We never ask you to wire money, make a deposit or share personal information such as Pay Pal or bank account numbers.  If you have suspicions about the validity of an email or phone call regarding financial aid, contact our office at 734-763-6600.
  • The University of Michigan never asks for personal information via Google Forms. (One of the most recent phishing scam asked readers to enter personal information, including Social Security numbers, onto a Google Form.)

If you suspect you have been on the receiving end of a scam email and you have provided personal information, the University recommends that you change your UMICH password immediately and contact the ITS Service Center to report the compromised email account. An ITS Service Representative will check your account for malicious activity.

For more about protecting your personal information, visit the U-M Safe Computing website at www.safecomputing.umich.edu/main/phishing_alerts.

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