Phishing scammers target UT employees, students

August 29, 2014 | UToday
By Staff

Along with colleges and universities nationwide, The University of Toledo is under attack.

Phishing scammers recently have been focusing their attacks on institutions of higher education, said Dr. Godfrey Ovwigho, vice president for information technology.

“The University of Toledo has seen an increase in the amount of phishing emails that target faculty, students and staff,” he said. “The scammers are probably located somewhere in Europe and have become quite sophisticated in making their emails look convincing.”

These emails come from various websites and typically try to trick employees and students into either proving or sharing their login credentials, or attempting to gain access to bank accounts via payroll direct deposit information.

If you have recently responded to one of these emails and provided your login credentials, change your password immediately. If you need assistance, contact the Help Desk at 419.530.2400 or

As a reminder, the University will never request that you provide your credentials in an email. Do not click on hyperlinks or reply to suspect emails. When in doubt, call the Help Desk. Further information regarding phishing can be found at

“The realities of the Information Age make it important to stay aware and vigilant about protecting all personal information,” Ovwigho added. “Being alert to possible scams like this is our best defense.”

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