ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany Police Department is
warning the school community about an e-mail scheme circulating various
campuses around the country.
The e-mail scheme contains threatening language and attempts
to extort money. The e-mail has been found at various schools, including the University
Variations of the scheme are common and some of the signs of
the scheme include:
- The e-mail comes from one address but when you
reply the address is different.
- The message threatens to kill you but has no
specific information about you.
- The message warns you not to contact anyone,
including the police.
One of the schemes came from a hacked University of Buffalo
account with the intent of tricking school account users to respond with user
names and passwords.
UAlbany PD advises the school community to never e-mail user
ID, password or any other private information.
If you receive an e-mail that you believe to be suspicious,
call University Police at 518-442-3131.