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Debunking Email Scams

The items listed below are examples of recent phishing or other fake email scams that are being circulated.

Delete the message. Do not reply to it. Do not click on any links in it.

It's always a busy year for fake emails. Here are some of them:

Subject: Your Payroll.

September 19, 2016

Payroll Scam Email

Subject: Email .Edu Will Expire Today.

August 24, 2016

Email Security Update - FAKE

Subject: Important Course Message On Your Blackboard Admin

August 1, 2016

Blackboard Scam Message


January 12, 2016



Subject: Account Update

December 17, 2015

Another 'Over Quota' Scam



Subject: Dear User

October 20, 2015



Subject: Your messages are pending

October 13, 2015



Subject: Access Restricted

October 13, 2015

Subject: RE: Your Email Account Has Been Suspended

October 2, 2015

This one uses an old-style Drexel logo with the dragon in a yellow box and contains a link that goes to a site on the Reunion Islands. While this is amateurish, the web page that you'd see if you clicked the link looks just like a real one, but it steals your account name and password. People tricked by this would be handing their information to hackers who could use it to get more of your personal information or to attack other people under your name.

If you did click the link and enter your account credentials, contact the IRT Help Desk at (215) 895-2020 or for assistance.

Reunion Island fake

Subject: RE: Space Used

August 14, 2015

Storage Scam

Subject: RE: Drexel alert

March 12, 2015

Subject: IRS Tax Phish

January 9, 2015

Subject: FedEx Phish

December 8, 2014

Fedex Phishing

Subject: Amazon.Com and Southwest Airlines

AUGUST 6, 2014

AT AROUND 5:30 PM, some people received emails claiming to be from and Southwest Airlines. Both look like customer satisfaction surveys and pretend to offer gift cards ranging from $25-$100. The URLs shown in the messages aren't even masked -- they clearly show that the links don't go to Amazon or Southwest. Do not click on these links.

Screenshot of Email:

Subject: Vanguard Investment Notice

AUGUST 6, 2014

AT AROUND 1:40 PM, some people received an email that claims to be from Vangaurd Investments. Although it looks real, it is fake and dangerous. (The "please click here" link in the paragraph actually goes to a website called That doesn't seem like a real Vanguard site!) 

Screenshot of Email:

Vanguard fake

Subject: Greetings and From Mr Lam Kasy...

AUGUST 5, 2014

AT AROUND 1:00 AM, many people received an email that claims that they had inheritances or could get rich in investments with the decedent's estate -- both are allegedly from Cambodia. These are fake -- it seems that Cambodian deaths are the new Nigerian prince scams.

Screenshot of Email:

Fake inheritance emails from Cambodia

Subject: Confirm your webmail.......

AUGUST 4, 2014

AT AROUND 11:00 PM, many people received an email that claims that their email accounts need to be "confirmed." This is fake -- IRT does not send such emails, the "From" address is in Greece, the "To" address isn't correct, and the copyright notice at the bottom claims that it's from a company called Administrator.

Screenshot of Email:

Fake email notification email from Greece

Subject: Mailbox quota.......

AUGUST 4, 2014

AT AROUND 9:00, many people received an email that claims that their email quota has been reached. This is fake -- IRT does not send such emails, the "From" address isn't one that Drexel would use for such a message, and the copyright notice at the bottom claims that it's from Microsoft.

Screenshot of Email:

Fake mail quota