Blackmail Phishing Emails

University Systems has received reports of multiple blackmail-related emails targeting UVic users. The email is a blackmail or extortion attempt which includes a previously-used password and threatens that potentially embarrassing information will be disclosed if the fee is not paid, in a certain amount of time. The tone and content of the email is frightening, but the threat is not credible. The senders of the phishing message obtained your password from past breaches of accounts associated with other services such as Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, LinkedIn and Adobe.  Accounts and passwords from breaches are often posted online for senders to find and use.

If you have received one of these emails, here are some steps you can take to protect yourself:

Here is a sample of one of the messages seen recently: