Phishing: Subject “Unusual Login Attempt”

A new phishing attempt on staff and students of Stellenbosch University by means of a fake website was launched earlier this week. The website has been blocked by IT in the meantime so you will not be able to access it. 

The mail will be simple with a subject line of “Unusual Login Attempt”. 

The recipient field has been spoofed to hide the sender and recipient and the content of the mail is simply a link that says:

“For Details Verify” (with the Verify links to a website called “”) (See example below)

If you suspect an email is a phishing attempt, please immediately report it to the Information Technology Security Team. With your help, we can block the malicious website as soon as possible and quarantine the compromised sun account from which the email is sent. If you are not sure how to recognise a phishing email, here are a few tips. Also have a look at examples of previous phishing attempts.

Instructions to report a phishing, spam or malware incident.

If you did click on the link of this phishing spam and unwittingly give the scammers your username, e-mail address and password you should immediately go to and change the passwords on ALL your university accounts (making sure the new password is completely different, and is a strong password that will not be easily guessed.) as well as changing the passwords on your social media and private e-mail accounts (especially if you use the same passwords on these accounts.)




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