Phishing Awareness

Phishing Awareness

Phishing is a form of spam by which a user is baited with an email and tricked into “voluntarily” responding with information, downloading malware or performing an unauthorized transaction.

How to Spot a Phishing Email:

  1. The email asks you to confirm personal information.  Emails requesting you to confirm personal information that you would never usually provide, such as banking details or login credentials.
  2. The web and email addresses do not look genuine.  (@gmail.work as opposed to @gmail.com)
    It’s poorly written.  Emails with spelling or grammatical mistakes can be an indicator.
  3. There’s a suspicious attachment.  If you receive an email from a company out of the blue that contains an attachment, especially if it relates to something unexpected.
  4. The message is designed to make you panic.  It is common for phishing emails to instill panic in the recipient. The email may claim that your account may have been compromised and the only way to verify it is to enter your login details.

Phishing Prevention Best Practices:

  • Be on the lookout for red flags such as urgency, ramifications or name dropping
  • Do not ignore any warnings from your computer.  Contact your IT staff
  • Do not download or open any files provided in a suspicious communication
  • Do not use links in an unverified email or rely on any contact information provided in the email
  • Verify any suspicious request via trustworthy means
  • Do not forward any suspicious communication to anyone other that your IT staff
  • Never share private or financial information through email
  • Never enter sensitive information into links that are not secure

Phishing Examples:
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