Email Scam Alerts (Phishing)

Points to Remember

  • CaTS will never ask you for your account information (username or password) in an email.
  • If an email is difficult to read (poor grammar or wording), it is most likely a scam.
  • If you receive an email about a problem with your account, do not click on any links or provide your username and password. Go directly to the site and log in. 
  • Do not follow any link in an email coming from an unknown source. 
  • Banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions will never ask for your account information in an email.

Recently there has been a large number of phishing attempts targeting Wright State University students, faculty, and staff. These attempts appear in the form of an email sent to a university inbox, and tries to get the user to "verify account information" by sending their CAMPUS username and password in an email, or clicking on a link within the email.

CaTS has developed this page to provide you with tips on how to keep your information safe from phishing attempts, and to alert you to any attempts you may see in your inbox. Please take a moment to review the "Points to Remember" section on the right for tips on how to protect your account information. Then, review the examples below showing the many recent scams targeting Wright State. If you receive an email that looks like any of these, do not reply to it or click on any of the links in the message.

If you have reviewed the information on this webpage and are still unsure as to the authenticity of an email you have received, please do not hesitate to contact the Help Desk at 775-4827 or 1-888-775-4827, or by email at We will help in any way we can to validate the email you've received.

Phishing Alerts

Phishing Scam Notice for 6/27/19

Thursday, June 27, 2019

CaTS has recently seen an increase in an email phishing scam targeting Wright State faculty and staff. The email comes from an address, and contains a link to a Google Drive document that appears to be shared a Wright State faculty member.

Please be aware that this is a scam. Do NOT click on the link or download any documents sent to you through this email. If you have entered any account information, please change your password immediately. 

Phishing Scam Notice for 6/19/19

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Help Desk was recently notified of an email phishing scam that targets Wright State faculty, staff, and students. The emails claim your Office 365 account is going to expire, and asks you to either click on a link or open a Word document and enter your Wright State credentials.

Please be aware that this is a scam, do NOT click on any links or give out your Wright State credentials. If you have already given out your Wright State credentials, please change your password immediately.

Email Impersonation Scam Notice

Thursday, April 25, 2019

CaTS has seen a recent increase in the number of email impersonation attempts at the University.

A number of the reported emails begin with 'Urgent Request' in the message subject line.

Impersonation emails appear to be coming from a Wright State individual, but are actually coming from an outside email service such as Gmail.