University of California, Riverside

Computing & Communications

Phishing Announcement

Note: You may also view this video on our YouTube channel

Dear Campus Community,

During the past several months, there has been a rise in the number of e-mail scams making their way across the Internet. Some of these messages are crafted to look as though they come from official UCR groups, and these emails ask campus users to provide their Social Security Numbers, usernames, passwords, birth dates and other personal information. This inappropriate use of e-mail is known as Phishing.

You should always delete these e-mails, and if you ever have any questions or concerns about a particular message, you should please call the Helpdesk at 2-3555.

Unfortunately, some UCR e-mail users have responded to these Phishing messages. When this happens, the spammers almost immediately use the compromised accounts to attack other e-mail service providers. As a result, UCR's e-mail is sometimes blocked by these service providers (e.g. Hotmail, etc.). Thus it is critically important to the campus community that faculty, staff, and students never provide usernames and passwords (or any personal information such as Social Security Numbers) in response to e-mail inquires.

Given the importance of this issue, I invite you to please view an informative message from Computing and Communications Associate Vice Chancellor Charles Rowley on the matter by viewing the above video announcement.

Please feel free to send me any comments or questions you might have (e-mail Thank you for your attention to this very important matter.

Larry McGrath
Senior Director for Technology Operations
Computing and Communications
University of California, Riverside

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Tel: (951) 827-4741
Fax: (951) 827-4541