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(Phishing) 07/11/2017 Blackboard

07/11/2017 Blackboard

This email was sent out on 07/11/2017 trying to steal users login information. There are a couple of intial red flags just after reading the email, even without further investigating:

  • 2 New Important messages from your Admin Center
  • Capitilization is terrible for an automated message and it is extremely generic.
  • Click Here To Review:
  • "Click here" links in emails should always be avoided.
  • Blackboard.
  • We don't even support Blackboard, we use Canvas.

Here are some additional ways we can tell this email is fake:

Sender Address

The sender is not even close to any email from Oregon State, it doesn't even say @oregonstate.edu. Keep in mind that even if an email address is an @oregonstate.edu email address, that doesn't make it safe. Email addresses can be spoofed and manipulated to seem like legitimate emails, or it could be coming from an already stolen account. That is why it is important to look at the context of the email and any hyperlinks in it.


This is an easy way to tell the email is fake. ONID credentials wont work on sites that are not oregonstate.edu, especially not "ow.ly/ntuj30xrhf"

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