THREAT ALERT-Active Email Phishing Attack - May 1, 2020

From: Office of Information Technology
Sent: Friday, May 1, 2020
To: CCNY Students
Subject :   [THREAT ALERT] Active Email Phishing Attack

Office of Information Technology

Dear City College Students:

There is an active phishing email attack targeting City College student email accounts. This attack has the subject line "FREELANCER/VIRTUAL ASSISTANT URGENTLY NEEDED" or "VIRTUAL ASSISTANT PT OFFER".

If you received or responded to similar email please report it to and delete the email immediately.

This threat originates from a compromised Citymail account and asks you contact someone looking for a personal assistant by emailing them from your personal email address. See sample below:

email example

General Information

  • DO NOT reply to unexpected or unusual email from any sender.
  • DO NOT reply to email with any personal information or passwords.
  • DO NOT click a link or open an attachment in an unsolicited email message.
  • If you suspect that an email is not legitimate, forward it to
For more information please read the CUNY Issued Security Advisories here:

In addition, we suggest you complete the 30-minute Security Awareness Course viewable here:

The following links provide useful resources to help you better understand, identify and avoid phishing scams and how to protect yourself from cyber fraud:

CCNY Information Security website, including CCNY/ CUNY policies
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Tips on Avoiding Phishing Attacks
Federal Trade Commission: Identity Theft



Last Updated: 04/01/2024 10:18