Beware of “Washington State University WSU Email Upgrade and Maintenace” Phishing Scams

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Beware of "Washington State University WSU Email Upgrade and Maintenace" Phishing Scams

Washington State University(WSU) users are asked to be aware of the phishing email like the one below, which claim the university is updating or upgrading their so-called mail database. The fake email messages are being sent by cybercriminals to trick the recipients into clicking on the links in them. The links go to a phishing website that steals their WSU account credentials (usernames and passwords).

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Once cybercriminals have stolen the WSU account credentials, they will hijack the accounts and use them fraudulently.

A Sample of the WSU Phishing Email

From: Ratanalert, Praepat

Sent: Wednesday, November 01, 2017 8:59 AM

To: [email protected]

Subject: Dear Wsu User,

Dear Wsu User,

We are currently updating our Mail database due to the new webmaster administrative policy These maintenance of quarantine will help us Upgrade our Mail database.

Kindly update your account by Clicking on Wsu Web maintenance

We apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused you.


Washington State University © 2017

Web admin.

Washington State University (WSU) users who have already been tricked by the phishing email scam, are asked to contact the Washington State University’s I.T department for help.

Washington State University (WSU) email users should not click on a link to sign into their accounts, even if the email message appears to have been sent from a legitimate email address. It is recommended that they go directly to, click on “Email Login” or “myWSU,” and sign-in from there. Once they have signed into their accounts, they will be able to change their passwords, receive notifications if there is any change to their accounts, or if there is something that needs to be done to their accounts. Or, they can report suspicious email messages to their I.T department.

Signing in from is the most effective way Washington State University users can protect themselves against phishing scams and not become victims of cyber crimes.

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Remember to forward malicious or phishing email messages to us at the following email address: [email protected] .

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