Phishing Alert | "Memo From HR Department"

Posted August 4, 2017 by Academic and Institutional Technology
Tags: Phishing Attempts

Phishing Alert | "Memo From HR Department"

Effective Date: August 4, 2017

Some employees recently received an email claiming to be from the Wheaton College Human Resources Department. The email prompts the employee to open a hyperlink and view a message.

This email is a phishing attempt. Do not click the link. Thank you to all who reported this scam.

If you responded to this scam, please contact us at 630.752.4357 (HELP).

How to Spot a Phishing Attempt

A screenshot of a phishing attempt that appeared to be sent from Wheaton College's Human Resources Department

The image above is a screenshot of this phishing attempt. Several things indicate that this email is not what it claims to be:

  1. Notice that the email is intentionally vague. This is an attempt make the target feel it is necessary to click the link for more information.
  2. Check to see if the URL matches the supposed sender. You can often hover over links to see the URL. This email claimed to be from the Wheaton College Human Resources Department, but the link directed people to an unrelated website.
  3. A legitimate email from Wheaton College should include contact information such as an email address and phone number for the department sending the email.

Always exercise caution when responding to emails. If you're not sure whether an email is a phishing attempt or not, contact us by email at or call 630.752.4357 (HELP).