On Thursday, January 31 the Medford Police Department was notified of a possible e-mail scam that was received by several individuals employed at or attending Southern Oregon University. The email claims to be from City of Medford Traffic Enforcement with an email address of email@example.com. The email claims the recipient’s vehicle committed a traffic violation which was captured by a traffic camera in Medford, Oregon. The email then directs the recipient to follow instructions in the attached zip file.
An investigation into the matter by the Medford Police Department determined this email was sent by the Southern Oregon University IT Department as a “phishing test”. This email was sent out to approximately 143 individuals with email addresses associated with SOU. The SOU IT Department stated the email was developed and sent out as a simulated phishing attack as part of a new security awareness campaign.
While the email looks official and even includes the City of Medford Oregon seal, it is not associated with the City of Medford in any way. Please disregard and delete this email if you have received it. An example of the scam email that was sent is attached.