Dec 13 2018: New Bitcoin Scam Seen on Campus

(From the Office of Cybersecurity)

Colleagues,

Please be aware that the Office of Cybersecurity and the UW Police Department have received reports of a new Bitcoin (cryptocurrency) email scam. The message claims that a bomb has been placed in the building that the recipient is in and demands a large Bitcoin payment. This scam has also been seen nationwide at businesses and other educational institutions, including the University of Washington at Seattle and Penn State.

If you or others in your department receive this message, please delete it immediately. The Office of Cybersecurity is aware of the scam and is working with UWPD to investigate. Additionally, the FBI is aware of the threats and is working with law enforcement to provide assistance.