E-mail is a common tool for mis-information. Hoaxes and scams frequently circle the globe in waves using E-mail as a delivery mechanism. Some of the more popular ones like the virus hoaxes with JDBGMGR.EXE or SULFNBK.EXE refer to files that do legitimately exist and are not a virus. Some others are get rich quick schemes or fraudulent inheritance claims.

Before ever obeying these messages or passing them on to anyone else, please try to verify their content and/or sender. A good way to do this is to check the details in the "From" field. If it's not an email address you recognize, or claims to be regarding your CU account but isn't from an @cu-portland.edu address, don't open any links inside!

Sophos, our antivirus provider, has an excellent collection and description of popular email hoaxes. Read up to familiarize and protect yourself from falling victim to a hoax. As always, if you are in any doubt, feel free to contact the Tech Center and we will be happy to assist you in ferreting out the truth.

Reviewed by Steven Quirk 10/3/13