Email phishing message appears to offer internship opportunity

The information security team has once again received numerous reports that a fraudulent email message offering internships has been circulating. The message is being sent from a non-Miami email account and has a variation of the subject “Internship during school year.”

The message often comes from an email account with an @siu domain.

One version of the email is being sent from the department of Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES). Other versions claim to be from particular professors. The idea is the same: The email is a scam offering student employees money for assistant services.

The scam email usually contains some version of this sentence:

This is a very simple employment. You will only help me Mail letters, Make payments at Walmart and purchase some Items when needed. This employment only takes an hour a day and 3 times a week for $620 weekly.

If you receive this email, please do not respond or click on any links within; just delete the message. This is common phishing practice to try to get recipients to click on fraudulent links and unknowingly download malicious programs to your machine, or steal personal data.

If you receive a message that you suspect to be a phishing message, please forward it to This allows the information security team to block sites that may be associated with phishing attacks. If you ever feel you may have responded to a fraudulent message or clicked a link in one, please contact IT Help immediately at 513-529-7900.

For more tips about remaining secure online and at Miami, visit the Security Corner.