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Protecting Yourself from E-Mail Scams

Information Technology has seen an increase in the number of phishing and e-mail scams recently across campus. Unfortunately, this is in line with what industry experts are describing as a renewed attack from spammers. Many of the messages attempt to capture important personal information through a verification or security type of e-mail message, asking for details like user ID, password, or social security number.

While we work to control e-mail that gets through our security server, Information Technology would like to remind our users that we will never ask for your password or any other personal information via e-mail. For your safety, please remember the following tips from the APWG (Anti-Phishing Working Group). For the full article please go to: http://www.antiphishing.org/consumer_recs.html

  • Be suspicious of any email with urgent requests for personal financial information.
  • Unless the email is digitally signed, you can't be sure it wasn't forged or 'spoofed'.
  • Phishers typically include upsetting or exciting (but false) statements in their emails to get people to react immediately.
  • They typically ask for information such as usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, social security numbers, date of birth, etc.
  • Phisher emails are typically NOT personalized, but they can be. Valid messages from your bank or e-commerce company generally are personalized, but always call to check if you are unsure.
  • Don't use the links in an email, instant message, or chat to get to any web page if you suspect the message might not be authentic or you don't know the sender or user's handle.
  • Avoid filling out forms in email messages that ask for personal financial information.
  • You should only communicate information such as credit card numbers or account information via a secure website or the telephone.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Information Technology at 315-445-4579.

posted @ Wednesday, July 22, 2009 9:22 AM

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