PHISHING EXAMPLE: English Dept. (Prof. Duncan) Job Offers

January 19, 2022
Using several different emails to send from and various subject lines, this attacker used the name of an actual Berkeley professor to send out a call for remote assistant work.


September 10, 2021
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.

Fake Cal Store on Instagram

January 19, 2022
Beware of fake Cal Stores on Instagram or other social media platforms.

Recognizing & Avoiding Job Scams

September 22, 2021
Are you on the lookout for flexible, part-time employment to help cover school expenses? If so, watch out for scams.

Between the COVID-19 pandemic and high unemployment rates, the pressure to find a job may create more pressure for you to find work quickly. UC Berkeley has received numerous reports of employment scams where the sender impersonates Berkeley professors, researchers, and/or university departments. Some scams are easy to spot but how do you know who to trust?

Start with these basic guidelines: Be skeptical. If a job...

Financial Phishing Attacks

October 11, 2021
Watch out for financial "spear phishing" emails.

These may look like they come from a supervisor or manager and request that you send funds, transfer money, provide banking information, buy gift cards, or provide something of value to the sender.

Spear phishing attacks have increased dramatically over the past few years as scammers get more sophisticated. UC employees have been targeted on multiple occasions. Scammers send realistic looking...

Fight the Phish

Fight the Phish Sticker'Fight the Phish' is a phishing awareness campaign designed by the Information Security Office to keep our community safe. We've created materials to help you identify, report, and avoid these types of attacks....

Fight the Phish Marketing Materials

Fight the Phish Sticker

We encourage the UC Berkeley community to take an active role in protecting themselves against phishing attacks.

We've created the 'Fight the Phish' campaign with the below materials to educate faculty, staff, and students on how to recognize and report phishing attacks. These...

Phishing Example: U.S. Dept. of Labor "Record Update"

January 18, 2016
This is an urgent request to update your employment record at the U.S Department of Labor.

The Phish Tank

Welcome to the "Phish Tank"

This page highlights examples of phishing emails received on campus. These examples are intended to educate every Berkeley email user on how to spot a phish. If you receive an email not listed here and that seems suspicious, report it via the methods listed above. For more tips on avoiding phish, visit our Fight the Phish page.

Phishing Example: DHL Express Document

January 15, 2016
Dear Your parcel (shipping document) arrived at the post office. Here is your Shipping Document/Invoice and copy of DHL receipt for your tracking which includes the bill of lading and DHL tracking number, the new Import/Export policy supplied by DHL Express. Please kindly check the attached to confirm accordingly if your address is correct, before we submit to our outlet office for dispatch to your destination. Label Number: E727D5151D Class: Package Services Service(s): Delivery Confirmation Status: eNotification sent Find attached the full statement information and a full list of outstanding Invoices. Your item will arrive in two (2) days time, and within the agreed credit term as stated on your Invoice. We would like to thank you for using the services of DHL Express. Read the enclosed file for details.