UPDATE - April 22, 2020: The FBI has release a public service announcement, Online Extortion Scams Increasing During The Covid-19 Crisis, through the Internet Crime Center.
NIU students and employees, if you feel you have been a victim please contact NIU Police at 815-753-1212.
April 8, 2020: Please review current guidance from the US Department of Homeland Security.
Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the number and manner of scams is increasing sharply. If you have any concern about a potential incident or worry you might havefallen victim to a phishing attempt, please contact our Information Security team by sending an email describing the incident to email@example.com and refer to email phishing. The current scams will be updated in our IT Service Portal under "Phishing/Security Events". You will need to login before you can review it.
Bad actors are pretending to be:
None of those resources will make an unsolicited call to you.
They will ask for your account, or personal information, or ask you to verify a PIN, or ask you to go to a website for assistance.
Do not do it, and do not give any information to the caller.
Hang-up, and if necessary contact the appropriate resource through normal channels.
Malicious emails about COVID-19 containing malware are also on the rise. These emails are spoofing health related organizations and claim to offer cures, vaccines, tests or other opportunities related to COVID-19. If you receive such emails, Please do not reply to the email or click any link or open any attachment, and just send the email itself as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
These emails will falsely claim to be:
An astonishing number of new websites using the COVID name have popped up. These are not reputable websites at best, and at worst deliver malware to your computer right through your browser.
Please beware of all sorts of new COVID mobile apps. A new Android app at a website called “coronavirusapp” is a ransomware locker.
Some other coronavirus apps have been identified as info stealers
Please only use reputable mobile apps.
If you responded to a request for a password and/or provided account information to someone inadvertently: