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Newest Phishing Email

Posted on: July 10th, 2017 by Jim Pardonek

Here is the latest phishing email that has been circulating at Loyola.  There are several indicators to look for in this particular email message.  First, this email creates a sense of urgency by “warning” you that your account will be deleted.  Loyola does not do this.  Second, if you hover over the link within “please click here” you will see that it resolves to a bitly URL address and not an address.  Bitly is a URL shortening service that is not used by Loyola.  Third, is the signature.  Loyola does not currently have a Compliance officer and there is no department titled IT Solutions.  The IT department at Loyola is Information Technology Services or ITS.  The last indicator is  the tag line at the end of the email.  Loyola does not have a PCI Compliance Group consequently, there are no members to this group.  Also, if you hover over the links in the tag line you will see that they all go to the same URL but lead you to believe that they perform different tasks.

If you have any questions about this or any email, before you act on the email, please call or email the ITS Helpdesk 773-508-4487,

—————————— Sample Email ———————————————————————–

Request Confirmation: 65189W5G64H2
Date: 07/07/2017


Your account has been queued for deletion following separation from LUC. Separation is defined as graduation, transfer, leave of absence, etc. Students and Staff who have separated from the university are not able to keep their “” email account. Therefore, we shall pass this message around a few times and afterwards suspend access to this email address and terminate this service to quarantine this activity.


What to do?
If you believe that this is an error and this email is still being actively used by you, please click here to login and verify this account. Your email will be removed from the delete queue after 48 hrs. Subsequent information will be passed on to you after successful logon.

Help Desk and Compliance Officer
Mail Administration | IT Solutions


LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO · 1032 W. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60660.


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