The Department of Information Technology has received reports of extortion emails targeting the Seton Hall community. The new extortion scams utilize new spoofing techniques intended to scare the recipient and deliver ransom payment.
The extortion emails appear as if the recipient's account and/or password may have been compromised. The perpetrator demands a ransom payment in the form of bitcoin be sent within a set time-frame or they will release the video to their contacts.
Email scammers often spoof email to pretend they are a member of the University community in order to make their request seem urgent. If you get a suspicious request from someone who appears to be a colleague, check the email carefully before replying.
It is important to note that there are no indications that these threats are credible. If you have received this or another form of suspicious email, please take the following steps:
- Click the Report Phishing button
- Contact the Technology Service Desk immediately (email@example.com)
- Do not reply, forward, or click on links in the email.
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