SMS scnews item created by Paul Szabo at Tue 12 Nov 2019 1712
Type: Other
Modified: Mon 9 Dec 2019 1304; Mon 18 May 2020 1330; Mon 18 May 2020 1339; Fri 22 May 2020 1745; Wed 24 Jun 2020 1324; Wed 24 Jun 2020 1325
Distribution: World
Expiry: 15 Jul 2020
Auth: psz@dora.maths.usyd.edu.au

FAKE Kristin/Iain: need a favor from you

Several people in the School have received email messages similar to:

  From:    Kristin Anderson <hodmail74@gmail.com>
  Subject: Request
  
  Hello,
  I need a favor from you kindly email me back as soon as possible
  Regards
  Professor Iain Young
  Dean

That message is NOT from our people. The message itself is harmless;
harm could only come from engaging in conversation with the fake sender,
and acting on their word e.g. doing financial transactions at their
behest, or giving away private information.

If you received a message similar to above, then simply delete and
ignore; if you already replied, then cut off any further communication
(and undo harm already done).

If you are annoyed, then report the incident to ICT cyber-security:

  https://intranet.sydney.edu.au/services/it-phones/cyber-security.html
    ...
    Reporting security incidents
    ...
    If you need to report a security incident, call the University
    Service Desk on 02 9351 2000 (select 2 for ICT) or email
    ict.support@sydney.edu.au.

or maybe report as "phishing" using the methods mentioned in one of the
articles on the "services portal":

  https://sydneyuni.service-now.com/sm?id=kb_search&query=phishing

Unfortunately, the Uni spam defenses are hopeless/bad, all you get is
"instructions" on how you can detect spam/scam, putting the onus and
blame back on the victim.

Cheers, Paul

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Original(?!) message on 28 Oct 2019:

  From:    Kristin Anderson <KRISTIN.ANDERSON2@hotmail.com>
  Subject: Hello

  Are you available now?

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Update 12 Nov 2019: After the previous "spam campaign" that was
apparently from Kristin, we now have a similar one impersonating
Geordie Williamson, email messages similar to:

  From:    Geordie Williamson
  Subject: Urgent Request

  Are you available right now ?

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Update 9 Dec 2019: Yet another "fake" campaign, now apparently from
Jacqui:

  From: Jacqui Ramagge <jacquiramagge01@gmail.com>
  Subject: Quick Response

  Hello, are you available??--
  Professor Jacqui Ramagge

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Update 18 May 2020: And still, again ... for Samuel:

  From: Samuel Muller <nicolas.gauger1@gmail.com>
  Subject:
  
  Hello are you available?
  Please, I need your assistance urgently 
  Dr. Samuel Muller
  Interim Head of School and Professor of Statistics

and for Zhou:

  From: Zhou Zhang <xiaoxiang.zhued@gmail.com>
  Subject:
  
  Hello are you available?
  Please, I need your assistance urgently 
  Dr. Zhou Zhang
  Deputy Head Of School

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Update 22 May 2020: Another campaign for Kristin or Iain:

  From:    Kristin Anderson <hodmail74@gmail.com>
  Subject: Request
  
  Hello,
  I need a favor from you kindly email me back as soon as possible
  Regards
  Professor Iain Young
  Dean

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Update 24 Jun 2020: Another campaign, this time for some other HoS:

  From: Professor Brian Uy <officialmail491@gmail.com>
  Subject: REQUEST
  
  Hello,
  I need a favor from you kindly email me back as soon as possible
  Best Regards
  Professor Brian Uy,
  Head of School

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