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Phishing Email Messages

Sunday, August 3, 2014
Phishing Email Messages

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Reported Phishing Messages

Below are phishing messages that have been reported to the Help Desk and are masquerading as an Oakland University entity.  

These messages are attempts to acquire sensitive information or infect the computer with malware.  

They are NOT legitimate messages from Oakland University.  Do NOT open any attachments or click on any links. Report the message to Google as phishing by clicking on the drop-down arrow located on the right corner of the message and select the "Report Phishing" option, then delete the message from your inbox.

The following are examples of phishing email messages;


Oakland University <>
to bcc: me
Dear: Oakland Webmail Subscriber

We hereby announce to you that your email account has exceeded its
storage limit. You will be unable to send and receive mails and your
email account will be deleted from our server. To avoid this problem,
you are advised to verify your email account by clicking on the link

----->How to Verify Your Email
Thank you.
The Oakland University Webmail Management Team.
© 2014 Oakland University 


From: OU Employee <>
Date: Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 6:24 PM
Subject: Update Alert

You have exceeded your <> quota
limit of 500MB and you need to expand the
<> quota before the next 48 hours. If you have not
updated your <> account in
2014, you must do it now. You can expand to
<> quota limit.

Click on the link below to upgrade your account:

Thanks for your understanding.


Subject: Update Alert
From: Paul Abraham <>
To: undisclosed-recipients:;

You have exceeded your quota limit of 500MB and you
need to  expand the quota before the next 48 hours. If
you have not updated your account in 2014, you must do
it now. You can expand to 10GB quota limit.

Click on the link below to upgrade your account:

Thanks for your understanding.


From: <>
Date: Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 5:00 PM

This Is to Inform all account Users, That the Web-mail Admin is
Currently Congested, So We Are Deleting Inactive Accounts. Please
click on this link to Notify us
That your Account Is Active to avoid deactivation.

© 2014 All rights reserve, Inc.


From: Oakland University Alert <>
Date: Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 7:23 AM
Subject: Oakland University Email Alert
To: Recipients <>

Dear User,

The security of your email account is our primary concern

In order to safeguard your email account, we require that you click confirm
my account <>

Oakland University


From: NetID <>
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:15:10 +0100
To: undisclosed-recipients:;


Your Mailbox Quota has exceeded its storage limit as set by IT
Administrator. To Re-validate your e-mail account, please click on the
link below:

Helpdesk Unite


From: FirstData <>
Date: Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 9:39 AM
Subject: Notification

Dear customer,

We regret to inform you that your merchant account has been locked.
To continue using our services please call our tool free number
+18664103984 and update your information.

Please be ready with your Merchant ID and Terminal ID number.


From: "John W. Beaghan, CMA" <>
Date: January 26, 2014 at 7:53:29 PM EST
To: <>
Subject: Important Notice

To all Staffs/Students,

Financial Support is now Available to all students and staffs of Oakland University.

As we begin these academic year we are putting into consideration these year 2014 and the subsequent years due to challenges in Finances. Oakland University fund committee is charged with the responsibility of disbursing funds to all students and staffs of Oakland University. payment from Oakland University has been transmitted to your bank for deposit.

1. This is meant to mainly assist students to raise money for upkeep while at the university. (many students are unable to finance their stay at the university even after clearing university fees). 
2. Many student still drop out, defer, miss exams due to financial
3. Academic performance of students is adversely affected because of time
 spent in looking for finance.
4. Students/Staffs resort to criminal/socially unacceptable means to earn i
ncome e.g. illegal business in halls of residence, unhealthy relationships (exploitative) e.t.c
5. To prevent staffs from an unhealthy exam malpractice relationship with 

Attached is a finance credit payment form for account/identity verification to receive funds through this email. Please fill and bring to Oakland Financial Services desk Unit.

If you have questions about this payment, please contact our Financial Service Center during regular University business hours at
Financial Service Center
Vice President for Finance & Administration
and Treasurer to the Board of Trustees
(248) 370-2445
202 Wilson Hall


Subject: Webmail Upgrade
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2014 00:40:58 +0100
From: HelpDesk <>
To: undisclosed-recipients:;

Dear Account User,

Your e-mail Id needs to be updated with our F-Secure R-HTK4S
new version anti-spam/anti-virus/anti-spyware 2014.

Click on the link below; Our webmail Team will update your account.
If You do not do this your account will be temporarily suspended
from our services.

Thank you for your cooperation!


All rights reserved.


From: Oakland University []
Sent: Thursday, January 9, 2014 6:08 AM
To: Recipients
Subject: Oakland University Email Alert

Dear User.

We observe unusual activity on your Oakland University account, and we have your email temporarily limited.

We strongly recommend you to UPDATE the required information to continue using your Oakland University

Please Note: Failure to update within 24hrs will result to Oakland University Email suspension.

Thank you.

Oakland University.