Phishing Example: Tutoring

August 7, 2020

Below is a phishing email currently targeting campus users. These attacks are phishing scams designed to get you to interact with the sender to establish trust, then they attempt to gain access to sensitive information or funds. Do not interact with these emails, instead report it.

Report and/or flag it

To flag it in bMail open the message and next to Reply click the three dots and select "Report phishing". 

Examples of these types of attacks include:

Original Message:

How are you doing today? This is Barnes Beckwith. I saw your contact at the University of California, Berkeley, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures under the Directory's portal. I seek a private beginner's language tutor for my Daughter. I would like to know if you have a STUDENT/TUTOR available for the job.
As you will be unable to teach her owing to your BUSY SCHEDULE/STATUS, you can RECOMMEND one of your STUDENT(s) who is capable of teaching.
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the teaching could be done remotely. This depends on the tutor's directive.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Warning:  The links and email addresses included in these messages are from real-life examples, do not attempt to explore them.

The most dangerous links have been removed - you can hover your cursor over these links to see the original address in a pop-up techtip (instead of in the corner of the browser window).

How to report phishing:

  • Open the message

  • To the right of 'Reply' arrow

  • Select 'More' (typically denoted with three vertical dots)

  • Then 'Report phishing'

If you are unable to log into bMail, forward the message to