University of Michigan warns about phishing emails collecting personal information

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WXYZ) - University of Michigan officials are warning about phishing emails after more than 150 people fell victim to them this week.

“Some of them are very clever, and they’re getting more and more sophisticated,” said university spokesman Rick Fitzgerald.

The scammers are setting up fake Google Forms and asking unsuspecting users to send personal information.

Officials are warning about two particular scams:

Internal Revenue Service Information Validation – These emails appear to come from the IRS and ask people to validate personal information such as Social Security number into a Google Form.

Academic Publishing – These emails appear to come from faculty at other institutions and ask U-M faculty to share articles that require users to give UMICH passwords.

University employee Stacy Stites said, “Definitely you have to be more careful about the information you're sharing through email or any other secure sites.”

Fitzgerald says there have been no reports of cyber-crime against the dozens who clicked through the sketchy emails, and that IT officials are re-securing affected accounts and resetting passwords.

“The federal government would say the same thing, we would never ask you for this kind of information over email,” Fitzergald added.

If you suspect you’ve been caught by one of these scams, officials advise you to change your UMICH password and contact the ITS Service Center at 734-764-HELP (764-4357).

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