Dear SSA Alumni,
Please be advised that someone is sending fake emails (see the sample below) to University of Chicago alumni to try to persuade them to sign up for a nonexistent alumni advisory board. The emails direct people to a website that has appropriated the University's branding and looks very professional. We believe that the scammers are trying to phish for email addresses and/or credit card information. The University of Chicago's IT is working with Amazon Web Services to have the site taken down. So far, University's Alumni Relations is aware of only a few people who have received the email.
This is a sample of the fake email:
My name's John Worley and I'm reaching out because I saw you're a
University of Chicago alum on LinkedIn.
I'm putting together an "online advisory board" for the UChicago Alumni
scholarship which gives mentorship & funds to underprivileged Chicago high
school students and wondered if you'd be interested in participating. The
idea is to bring together UChicago alumni online with passion and
professional expertise to help incoming college students maximize their
potential through mentorship.
The time commitment is minimal as the only responsibility is to read the
monthly updates from the students and provide advice when you have it
(takes 30 min or less a month). All board members would have their pics and
bios on the website and be invited to the private advisory board forum
Would you be interested in joining? I think you'd be able to add immense
value based on your professional background. Here's the detailed advisory
board info & page (apologies for the short notice but it will probably fill
within a week) [link removed for security].