Skip to main content

Phishing Attempt Alert

August 26, 2020

A Northwestern staff member was recently asked to provide personal information to someone posing as a vendor.  This scam involves a fraudulent email from someone pretending to be a vendor, asking for a staff member's NetID and password.

Here are some tips to help protect you and Northwestern from this type of scam:

  • Never provide your personal information, including your Northwestern NetID and password.
  • Carefully scrutinize all emails.
  • If you believe the email is fraudulent, do not click on any links. They could contain malware.
  • Do not reply to spam or phishing attempts.
  • Call the vendor directly, using their confirmed and published information, to validate the email.

Please report suspicious emails to Northwestern IT Information Security at If you have any other questions, contact Procurement at

< Back to Current News