PHISHING EXAMPLE: WORK FROM HOME / BERKELEY PAID JOB OFFER

September 10, 2021

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 ogtten the recipient's information from a Berkeley database despite being unafilliated 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

  • 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 phishing@berkeley.edu For more information visit https://security.berkeley.edu/resources/phishing

Original Message:

From: Ron Pierson <ronpierson100@gmail.com>
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®

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 phishing@berkeley.edu