The University of Miami, like many colleges and universities, has had several reported instances of phishing emails directed toward faculty, staff, and students. The number of attacks has increased, and while University of Miami Information Technology (UMIT) works hard to block them from reaching your inbox, many slip through. As a result, we all must remain highly vigilant against these threats.
These attacks are aimed at obtaining your personal information, including your ’Cane ID and password. With that information, a thief can change your banking information through myUM or CaneLink and steal your financial aid or payroll direct deposit by diverting it to a different bank account. Recently, two instances of direct deposit fraud occurred in which thieves changed employees’ banking information through myUM. The University will cooperate with law enforcement, but the likelihood of catching the perpetrators is low.
UMIT urges faculty, staff, and students to be especially vigilant. Since the beginning of the semester the University has received numerous phishing emails, and the “quality” of these phishing emails is getting better to the point where they appear to be from a UM email address, reference current events such as the email migration or known systems, and look like official University correspondence.
Please remember: The University will never ask you to provide your ’Cane ID and password information via email. If you are unsure about a message, do not click on any of the links within the message. Do not provide your password to anyone.
To learn more about phishing and how to protect yourself from becoming a victim, read two articles posted on the Information Technology website: BEWARE of Phishing Email Scams! and Beware of Identity Theft.
The University is continually taking steps to safeguard its digital information. However, as individuals we all are responsible for protecting our personal information. If you have questions or are having trouble, please don’t hesitate to contact the UMIT Service Desk: Coral Gables/RSMAS campuses at 305-284-6565 or email@example.com; Medical campus at 305-243-5999 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For updates and more information on this issue, visit www.miami.edu/it.