Phishing email regarding work-from-home opportunities appearing to come from WFU professors

Announcements | Jun 02, 2020 at 12:27 pm

Some of our students have recently reported receiving phishing emails soliciting work-from-home opportunities with an inflated pay scale. In some cases, these emails appear to come from a Wake Forest professor.  Please be aware that unauthorized individuals may attempt to lure you with working from home for an inflated pay scale. An example of this type of phishing email is shown below:

Are you interested in working remotely from home as a temporary research aide collecting data and earning $500 weekly? Indicate interest by providing the required information below and I will send you a follow up email detailing work schedule.This is an adaptable job that requires little to no prior experience irrespective of your major discipline

Full Name:

Cell Phone #:  

Alternate email:

Never provide personal information such as social security number, passport information, or bank routing information. A reputable company will never ask you for any personally identifiable information. 

Here are a few things you can do to analyze these types of emails:

  • Review the sender’s email address and confirm that it is a valid WFU email address 

screenshot of the "signed-by" area within gmail sender inforrmation.

Emails that come from within the Wake Forest community will indicate signed-by: wfu.edu when you select the downward arrow next to the recipient’s email. 

If you have questions concerning this message or need assistance, please contact the Information Security at infosec@wfu.edu

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