16:55 29/03/17 New Phishing email scam

UPDATE: A detailed article has been published on ‘Naked Security’, a popular informative website about online security. Check the article out for further information on this Phishing campaign.

We have had a few reports from people receiving the following email and other Universities have confirmed that they have also seen it.

If you receive this email do not open the attachment, it contains malware (a macro virus).

Please think carefully before clicking on links in emails or opening attachments.

If you receive one of these emails then you should delete it. If you have any concerns then you should contact IT on ex 6262 or at it@reading.ac.uk


The email looks something similar to this:

Hello, xxxx!

I am disturbing you for a very critical matter. Allhough we are not familiar, but I have large ammount of information concerning you. The thing is that, most probably mistakenly, the information of your account has been emailed to me.

For example, your address is:

Xxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxx

Xxxxxx xxxx


Postcode: xxxxx

I am a law-obedient citizen, so I decided to personal details may have been hacked. I attached the file – Harvey.dot that I received, that you could find out what info has become obtainable for scammers. Document password is – xxxx

I look forward to hearing from you,