Students Receive Phishing Email Impersonating Administrators, Basketball Star

Students received emails from an unknown sender using the name of Loyola basketball player, Marques Townes.

Some Loyola students received emails impersonating the retired Dean of Libraries, the Office of the President and the Provost on May 24, according to a notice sent by James Pardonek, Loyola’s information security officer.

Some students have also reported receiving a similar email impersonating Marques Townes, a player on Loyola’s men’s basketball team. It’s unclear how many students were impacted by either scam.

If students click the link included in these emails, their computers will try to download “malicious software,” according to Pardonek. He advised students who clicked the link to contact the ITS Help Desk at 773-508-4487.

Pardonek’s email reminded students no one at Loyola will ever ask for a student’s password. In order to prevent privacy issues like this, Pardonek encouraged students to only open links or attachments from people they trust.

Phishing scams like this have been an issue for Loyola students throughout the 2017-18 school year. Some students received emails impersonating President Jo Ann Rooney in April and 2,000 email accounts were compromised by a scam in November, The Phoenix reported.

Pardonek didn’t respond to further questions from The Phoenix at the time of publication.

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