Over the last few weeks, information security monitors around the world have seen dramatic increases in scams involving coronavirus, COVID-19 and the work-from-home revolution. ITS would like to remind the Mines community to remain extra vigilant and on guard against these scams and online threats. Remain suspicious of anything that arrives via email, text message or chat, and always verify the source of a communication before responding to anything—particularly any contact that asks you for personal information. No one at Mines will ever send a message or a link asking for your password. You can verify messages sent from ITS on their email verification page.

If you do receive a malicious message or think an email might be a scam, report it to ITS by forwarding the message to phishing@mines.edu. ITS will confirm the message’s intent, and if it’s malicious, take steps to protect the rest of campus.

Visit Mines’ information security web page for more tips and resources for keeping yourself safe online. Additional information about threats related to the coronavirus outbreak are available from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.