What makes this a phishing message?
This very simple, but effective, targeted phishing scam used a fake job offer to establish rapport with recipients and collect personal information.
There are a few clues that the message is a forgery:
- The criminal is sending from a gmail.com account instead of an @berkeley.edu address
- The criminal claims his name is Ralph Abraham despite his email address's name being Tyler Lee
Tips if Something Seems Off:
Double-check the email address before responding
Look to make sure the email address is correct. In Gmail hover your mouse over the sender name for the email to display. On a mobile phone or a touchscreen, press and hold the link (don't tap!) to reveal the actual URL. (Look in the bottom left corner of the browser window.) Don't click on a link unless it goes to a URL you trust.
Follow up with the sender separately
If you didn’t expect it, reject it. Or follow-up with the individual directly in a separate email or call/text to confirm.
Report and/or flag it
From: Dr Tyler Lee <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Mon, Sep 6, 2021 at 5:02 PM Subject: Student email directly Hi Student, I am Dr Ralph Abraham, I feel comfortable discussing this WORK- STUDY opening with you since you were referred by the university chamber of commerce. I am very busy, that is why I have asked for your help as my temporary personal assistant. I provide individual and group therapy, coaching, assessment and many University students with academic difficulties and no prior diagnosis are seen and assessed through the academic screening and assessment process. You have received this email because you have an offer from the University Office to help Students with Disabilities to work with me while we help Students with disabilities frustrated with ignorance and lack of services but as my temporary personal assistant This is a very simple employment, You will only help me Mail letters, Make payments at retail stores and purchase some Items when needed. This employment only takes an hour a day and 4 times a week for $1,825 weekly. I am unable to meetup for an interview because I am currently away and helping the disabled students in Australia. Dr Ralph Abraham CONTACT ME BACK AT Ralphabraham542@gmail.com For more information ?