August, 2017, Subject: Termination Request

This phishing email hit many Western mailboxes on August 15th and displays several signs that it should not be trusted:

  • The actual email address is not from an @western mailbox. This detail might be easy to overlook since some email clients obscure the actual email address. 
  • The content of the message mentions the Learning Management System known as "Blackboard." Western replaced Blackboard with Canvas years ago.
  • The link to "Cancel Request" does not lead to a wwu.edu site.

Phishing Example with subject Termination Request

Topic: Security