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Recent Email Phishing Scams

February 15, 2017

Sent on Behalf of University Information and Technology Services (UITS)

To the University Community,


University Information Technology Services (UITS) would like to draw your attention to the risks of email phishing scams, including one that occurred yesterday.

In that instance, the phishing scam involved an email that appeared to come from Payroll with the subject line, “ONLINE ACCESS TO CORRECTED W-2 WAGE AND TAX STATEMENT(S) (PLEASE VIEW).”

This message was malicious, and an attempt to steal personal information by prompting recipients to click a link to view their corrected 2016 W-2. This attack exploited current events (i.e., tax season) and tailored the message to UConn by referencing CoreCT.

UITS is aware of the spam message and has taken steps to block and remove the email from inboxes, but we also encourage everyone in our community to be suspicious of unsolicited requests for personal information, including credentials.

In general, you should never volunteer confidential or personal information based on any contact that you did not explicitly initiate. For more comprehensive information about this and other threats, visit the UITS Information Security Office website at

If you clicked on the link in the fraudulent message or have questions or concerns about this phishing attack, contact the UITS Help Center at 860-486-HELP (860-486-4357).



Michael Mundrane, Chief Information Officer and Vice Provost

Jason Pufahl, Chief Information Security Officer