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 to have gotten the recipient's information from a Berkeley database despite being unaffiliated with UC Berkeley
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: Ron Pierson <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: **WORK FROM HOME* Date: *6 September 2021, 14:35:43 CDT
Dear Student, We got your contact through your school database and I'm happy to inform you that our reputable company Cisco Systems Inc® is currently running a student empowerment program. This program is to help devoted and hardworking students secure a part time job which does not deter them from doing any other, you just need a few hours to do this weekly and with an attractive weekly wages. KINDLY EMAIL BACK WITH YOUR PERSONAL EMAIL ADDRESS IF INTERESTED IN THIS JOB POSITION. Best Regards, Ron Pierson, HR Manager/Consultant Cisco Systems Inc®