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Job Phishing Alert: Work Remotely and Earn Weekly

Another Fake Job Scam Pretending To Be From Prof. Hennigan

Recently, the Division of Information Technology(DoIT) received multiple reports of job phishing emails from a Gmail account. The phishers are pretending to offer a research assistant  job. Below is an example of the email. For privacy purposes, we removed the To field.

From: "Michael J. Tagler" <jasonharvey001@gmail.com>

Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2022 22:43:38 +0800

Subject: Work Remotely and Earn Weekly


University of Maryland, Baltimore County, The Office of the Department of Economics urgently needs the services of students to work remotely as research assistants and get paid weekly. The position is served remotely and assignments can be carried out in your leisure time. The position is open to students from any department of the institution UMBC. To proceed with the application process, contact Professor Christopher Hennigan now at (210) 701-1852 via text message stating your full name, email address, year of study, and department to receive the job description and further application requirements.


Best Regards,


Professor Christopher Hennigan

Department: Chemical Engineering

Technology Research Center,

Room 253


University of Maryland, Baltimore County



  • The From header says it is from Michael J. Tagler with the email address of jasonharvey001@gmail.com.  This is not impossible, but it is odd.

  • The signature block at the end says the message is from Prof. Hennigan in Chemical Engineering.  Why would a professor of Chemical Engineering be advertising for a research assistant in economics?

  • Why would a Prof. Hennigan be using an account named “Michael J. Tagler” with the email address of jasonharvey001@gmail.com?

  • Why would Prof. Hennigan’s office number 

    • be a non-UMBC phone number?

    • have an area code for the San Antonio area of Texas?

  • If you look up Christopher Hennigan at https://my.umbc.edu, you will find that his office is in ENG321, not TRC253

  • Campus job offers are posted at https://careers.umbc.edu/handshake, not broadcast in email messages.

If you respond to this message, they will likely send you a check to deposit. DO NOT DEPOSIT THE CHECK! If you have shared any banking information, CONTACT YOUR BACK IMMEDIATELY!

If you have received any message similar to the one listed above, please forward it with its headers tosecurity@umbc.edu. For instructions, visit https://wiki.umbc.edu/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=1867970.

If you need further assistance, please contact us at security@umbc.edu.


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Forward it to security@umbc.edu along with the email headers. For instructions, visit https://wiki.umbc.edu/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=1867970.

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Posted: September 20, 2022, 5:50 PM