From: Office of Information Technology
Sent: Friday, May 1, 2020
To: CCNY Students
Subject : [THREAT ALERT] Active Email Phishing Attack
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".
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:
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:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
CCNY Information Security website, including CCNY/ CUNY policies
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Tips on Avoiding Phishing Attacks
Federal Trade Commission: Identity Theft