Phishing is an online scam involving emails with a clickable link that appear to be from a trusted source. By clicking a phishing link, you may compromise your WMU Bronco NetID and allow access to change your personal data within GoWMU. You could also allow viruses or other malware to infect your computer. For more information on what harm can be caused, see phishing facts. For additional information on keeping safe online, please see security awareness. If you have any questions about whether or  not the message you received is phishing, contact your unit IT support person or the Technology Help Desk

Below are phishing messages that have been received at Western Michigan University. They are entered here as they are received, however do not assume that because the message you received has not been posted here (yet), that it is safe to assume it is a valid message. If you receive a message that appears to be a phishing attempt (always hover your mouse pointer over the link it contains to see where it will actually take you if you click it). If the actual URL does not match the displayed link text, do not click it. Forward the message as an attachment to and then flag the message as "Junk" in your email. Visit the Help Desk website for instructions on how to forward the message as an attachment.

Date: 07/08/2016 NOTICE: There is a scam informing non-WMU students in other countries that they have been awarded a scholarship to WMU and to receive it, they must send money for their visa. This is a fraudulent advance fee scheme message. If your office receives any inquiries, please try to obtain a copy of the email the student received and follow the instructions noted above to forward it as an attachment to  Thus far, the below email addresses have been used in this advance fee fraud:

officeofadmissionswesternmichi at
paulgabrielusrp at
paulgabrielusrp at
presidentwmu at
presidentwmu at

Subject: Update Now!
Date: 07/26/2017


Subject: Announcements for 26/07/2017
Date: 07/26/2017


Subject: Notification: You have a new message!
Date: 07/26/2017


Subject: Service Helpdesk!
Date: 07/26/2017


Date: 07/26/2017


Subject: Western Michigan University Security Update
Date: 07/10/2017


Subject: You have a new message!
Date: 07/06/2017


Subject: PDF Document
Date: 07/03/2017


Subject: ALERT!
Date: 07/06/2017


Subject: Validation Notice
Date: 07/05/2017


Subject: Faculty/Staff
Date: 07/03/2017


Subject: Attention
Date: 07/02/2017


Subject: Re-activate your account to avoid close down
Date: 06/29/2017


Subject: dropbox
Date: 06/21/2017


Greetings ,

Your contact shared some files with you.Click on check now to view your message

Happy Dropboxing!

The Dropbox Team

Subject: Announcement for 6-20-2017
Date: 06/20/2017


Subject: Account Shutdown
Date: 06/20/2017


Subject: WMU Important News! / ACTION Required:- Important Message / Western Michigan University Message Board
Date: 06/16/2017


Subject: Single Sign On - Password Reset
Date: 06/14/2017


Subject: Your E-mail will be close
Date: 06/07/2017


Subject: Current issues - IT Desk services
Date: 06/07/2017

Subject: Final Notice: please verify your email address
Date: 06/06/2017


Subject: 25 new reports
Date: 06/06/2017


Subject: ICT Department!!
Date: 06/01/2017


Subject: Staff Email Update
Date: 05/24/2017


Subject: Important message from Faculty/Staff
Date: 05/22/2017


Subject: is no longer active!
Date: 05/08/2017

Subject: Account illegal activity detected
Date: 05/09/2017

Subject: has shared a document on Google Docs with you
Date: 05/03/2017


For more information on this phishing attack, please see this cnet article:

Subject: 13 new Messages
Date: 04/28/2017


Subject: IT Scheduled Maintenance
Date: 04/17/2017 


Subject: Microsoft Exchange (Email Validation)
Date: 03/28/2017 


Subject: Mail Alert
Date: 03/06/2017 


Date: 03/14/2017 

Subject: Re-Activated
Date: 03/04/2017 


Subject: Security Notification!!
Date: 03/06/2017 


Subject: Email addresses updated
Date: 02/16/2017 


Subject: Unusual IP activity
Date: 02/15/2017 


Date: 01/23/2017


Subject: ICT Technical Support
Date: 01/09/2017


Subject: Attention
Date: 01/08/2017


Subject: Expiration Notice
Date: 12/14/2016


Subject: Email Validation!
Date: 11/23/2016


Subject: Limit Storage
Date: 10/24/2016

Subject: Account Update
Date: 10/24/2016

Subject: GSST Assessment Plan Draft - Invitation to edit
Date: 10/18/2016


This email appears to be standard Google Drive share. When you mouse over the link, however, the real URL displayed is ""

This took the user to a phishing page in order to obtain their log in credentials. To ensure that you are safe, always hover your mouse over the link and verify that it matches what is displayed in the email.


Subject: Admin Service Desk
Date: 10/07/2016


Subject: HelpDesk
Date: 10/10/2016


Subject: Important Notice to All Faculty Staff
Date: 09/09/2016

Subject: Important Update
Date: 08/27/2016


Subject: WMU Webmail Activities
Date: 08/17/2016

Subject: Your New Payroll
Date: 08/02/2016

Subject: Update Your Account
Date: 07/19/2016


Subject: Server Message

Date: 07/14/2016


Subject: Technical Support
Date: 06/17/2016


Subject: Attention!!!
Date: 05/27/2016


Subject: Concerning Mailbox quota
Date: 05/25/2016


Subject: IT's Service Desk
Date: 05/24/2016 


Subject: ICT Technical Support Update
Date: 05/23/2016 


Date: 05/20/2016 


Subject: Account Verification
Date: 05/11/2016 


Subject: Unusual Sign-in
Date: 04/26/2016 


Subject: Incident Report 25-APR-2016
Date: 04/25/2016 


Subject: Webmail
Date: 04/14/2016 


Subject: IT Service Desk Support
Date: 04/20/2016 


Subject: Sears Holdings - Interview Confirmation
Date: 04/20/2016 


Date: 04/19/2016 


Subject: You will be blocked from receiving messages
Date: 04/10/2016 



Subject: RECEIPT: PAYMENT ON HOLD - ID:350398226
Date: 04/13/16


Subject: Mailbox Helpdesk
Date: 04/08/2016 

Subject: Administrative Notice
Date: 04/04/2016 

Date: 03/30/2016 


Subject: Server Maintenance: Email Servers
Date: 03/29/2016 


Subject: Document From
Date: 03/27/2016 

Subject: IT Dest
Date: 03/19/2016

Subject: IT Administrator 
Date: 03/14/2016

Subject: Dear User
Date: 02/17/2016


Subject: Validate
Date: 02/15/2016


Subject: Fwd: Scheduled Maintenance & Upgrade
Date: 02/14/2016


Subject: Important Notice for
Date: 02/07/2016 

Subject: New message from "University Faculty"
Date: 02/01/2016 

Date: 01/26/2016


Subject: WMU Alert!
Date: 01/18/2016


Date: 01/12/2016


Subject: Update
Date: 01/11/2016

Subject: Mail from John Smith
Date: 01/07/2016


Subject: Library Services
Date: 12/27/2015


Subject: Library Services
Date: 12/27/2015


Subject: Pics
Date: 12/15/2015



Subject: UPDATE
Date: 12/12/2015



Subject: UPDATE
Date: 12/12/2015


Subject: Pet Article
Date: 12/12/2015


Subject: Dear Account Owner...!!
Date: 12/6/2015


Subject: School Mail Box Re-Validation
Date: 12/2/2015


Subject: Alert!!!
Date: 12/2/2015


Subject: Last warning
Date: 11/20/2015


Subject:  Email Error Mailbox Quota Exceeded
Date:  10/02/2015


Subject:  Zimbra Mail Account Verification
Date:  9/22/15


Subject:  Irregular login attempt
Date:  8/28/2015