Email scam hits Tarleton

By Shelby Clayton—


A screenshot of the phishing email.
Photo courtesy of Tarleton State University.

An email phishing alert was sent out to Tarleton State University email addresses on Thursday at 10:51. The email from Rick Woodson, the new Information Security Officer, stated that, “an attempt was made to reach out to certain students, faculty and staff in order to attain monetary gain via a phishing email scam.

According to the email, “phishing is the most common type of cyber-attack that can affect organizations like ours.” There are many ways to attack people though phishing, but the goal is to get sensitive information from the victim.

Cecilia Jacobs, Director of News and Information and the AVP of Marketing and Communications, said that the email reached approximately 1,500 mailboxes. “The attempts to deliver malicious email are quite common. The vast majority of them are “caught” and are not delivered to any Tarleton email addresses,” Jacobs said.

According to Jacobs the origins of the email cannot be reliably determined and there isn’t any data regarding responses to the email. Texan News will update the story as more information becomes available.

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