Phishing is a term used to describe scams designed to steal your identity. Scam artists try to obtain your personal information - passwords, credit card numbers, account numbers, birthdate, or other information - by impersonating a person or company you trust. Phishing can be conducted via e-mail, websites, telephone, or even postal mail. Common impersonations include social media sites, shipping services, banking services, and payroll services. When in doubt, it's always best to check with a trusted friend or call the company or individual with a number you already know to verify the request is genuine.

Remember, Technology Services will never ask you to email your password to us or fill out a form to "upgrade" or "validate" your account. Report messages like these so we can help protect others.

How will I recognize a phishing scam?

  • Unsolicited requests for personal information are a clear danger signal
  • Uses a real organization or company name but link goes to a different obscure website
  • Name and email address don’t match
  • Attempt to prove legitimacy using words such as “Official”, “Important”, or “Urgent”
  • Poor grammar and/or misspellings

How can I avoid responding to a phishing scam?

  • Never send passwords, bank account numbers, or other private information in an email.
  • Avoid clicking on links in emails you aren't expecting, especially any that are requesting private information.
  • Be wary of any unexpected email attachments or links, even from people you know.
  • Look for ‘https://’ and a lock icon in the address bar before entering any private information.
  • Review this visual guide highlighting a sample phishing message