It’s always phishing season, but with the return to classes, our campus community often sees an increase in phishing messages.
Key things to look for to protect your computer:
- The sender’s email address is unexpected, or the style of communications is abnormal. For example, your manager emailing you asking for your cell phone number or to buy gift cards.
- A generic greeting is used rather than one that is more personalized and includes your name.
- The message includes poor grammar and misspellings.
- There is a need for an urgent action in the message.
- The message asks you to use a non-university email account, such as @gmail.com or @yahoo.com, or includes a text message to you directly.
- Any requests to purchase gift cards.
- Any job offers that mail you checks to cash and send the money back.
What to know:
- University policy does not allow the purchase of gift cards.
- If you cash a fake check for a fake job, the bank will pull the funds from your personal account.
- If it’s too good to be true, it is!
What to do: