Cyber Security Quarterly Newsletter 
FEBRUARY 2022 – Volume 1 Issue 1

 New Year New Resolutions!

As we all strive for New Years resolutions in 2022, Infosec has one of its own. To help keep our faculty and staff safe and secure, Infosec will be sending out a quarterly informational security newsletter
containing security tips, pointers, trending scams, with some humor sprinkled in.


  • About 50% of all attacks in the Education Sector were from social engineering.
    Of these social engineering attacks, 80% were pretexting and
    18% were phishing 
    (2021 Verizon DBIR). Learn more about both at
  • An estimated 300 billion passwords are used by humand and machines worldwide (Cybersecurity Media)
  • Since COVID, the FBI reported a 300% increase in reported cybercrimes (Cybint)
  • Romance scams rose 80% from last year with a reported $547 million lost (US FTC)

Chapman users receive phishing and scam emails on a regular basis. While we do our best to filter these out before they get to you, some slip past and land in your inbox. Infosec actively reviews
all email submissions sent to and uses user submissions to assist to spot widespread malicious emails coming to our users. Each time you submit a phishy email to us you help keep the community safe!


Infosec responded to ~1200 abuse submissions in 2021


Romance Scams

Soulmate or cybercriminal? Watch for these signs that your “true love” might be a romance scammer who will leave you with a broken heart and empty bank account.

  • You’ll only ever meet online – You meet on a dating app/site but they only want to communicate outside the app/site. They make plans to meet in person but always cancel
  • They ask for money – They suddenly need money for travel/medical/emergency issues. They ask for wired money, gift cards, or ask to invest in crypto. 

IRS/Tax Scams
Seasonal scammers will send out emails during tax season and holidays to give their scams more credibility.

  • The scammer impersonates an IRS official and accuses the target of owing the IRS money which must be paid immediately through a wire transfer or prepaid debit card. 
  • The recipient is often threatened with jail time in order to scare people into giving the scammer personal information, credit or debit card numbers or money. 

Remember: Chapman provides examples of type of scam & phishing attacks at
P.S. Infosec is always looking for feedback. If you have comments/suggestions/items you would like to see focused on in the newsletter, please email us at