Office of Information Technology reminds campus to be alert for phishing attempts

Published: May 22, 2023

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Criminals often leverage stealthy email tactics to persuade people to provide sensitive information that will compromise their account and create an entry point into a company’s or university’s critical systems.

If an email appears suspicious, report it, and do not open it as the email could be a phishing scam. Someone could be impersonating another individual or company to gain access to your personal information. Occasionally the email may include attachments or links that can infect your devices.

Signs that an email may be a phishing attempt:

-Messages that contain threats to lock/disable your account.

-Requests for personal information such as passwords or Social Security numbers.

-Creating a false sense of urgency to take action.

-Poor writing or bad grammar.

-Attachments that you are not expecting or are sent from an unverified source.

We encourage everyone to review how to report a suspicious email. Please contact the IT Service Desk via email or (334) 844-4944 with any additional questions or concerns.

Submitted by: Kelsey Prather