The pestilence that is email phishers and ID thieves is sometimes worse than Covid! Wideformat Online received a response via our inquiry form that at first seemed legit from UTS university, Sydney. It even used the real name of the procurement officer. Closer inspection and a check with UTS' IT people revealed the con.
The email is reproduced below. DO NOT RESPOND OR CLICK THE LINK! It's a fraud and malware may be deposited on your computer. The publisher of Wideformat Online happened to know that the UTS email extension uses full stops, not hyphens - because his daughter went there! If you receive the email below, bin it or, if you really want to vent, tell the sender to go forth and multiply! We have redacted the name of the person named as the sender because he really does work at UTS.
Email Address: (firstname.lastname@example.org) DO NOT CLICK OR USE THIS LINK!!!
Message Subject: prices needed
Enter your message: The University of Technology Sydney,
As part of the institution's focus,creativity and invention has become our priority.
We have continually established a staff-student relationship in the production life cycle of our product.
On the strength of the above we formally seek interest in the purchase of your product which is a current requirement for our upcoming project.
Please we will require Prices for the below
Memory SD CARD 16 GB (Quantity:3000)
HP TONER CE741A/307A (Quantity:30)
HP TONER C9730A/645A (Quantity:30)
Looking forward to hear from you.
University of Technology Sydney
Ultimo NSW 2007
ABN 77 257 686 961
Phone.(02) 8003 3188