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COVID-19 Scam – Be Aware of Fake Termination Email Invite

June 26, 2020

Taking advantage of a recent increase in teleworking during the COVID-19 pandemic, cybercriminals are targeting employees working from home with fraudulent termination phishing emails. The email carries a subject line that attracts the recipient’s attention; for example, an invitation to a virtual meeting to discuss termination, e.g. “Termination Review Meeting,” or “Join this live Meeting.”

The email message may contain information on the organization’s termination process and an invitation to a virtual meeting. The message directs employees to click on a phishing link to access termination severance benefits. Once an employee clicks on the fraudulent link they are directed to a black screen or have their login credentials stored on the virtual meeting platform compromised.

This is not how Penn does business. If you receive an email that appears to come from Human Resources or management with a termination subject line or an invitation to join a meeting.

Please see the link below for further information on how to protect yourself from the fake termination email invite:

https://www.isc.upenn.edu/COVID19Scam-termination

Should you have any questions, please contact the ITS Service Desk:

servicedesk@nursing.upenn.edu

215-898-5981