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Warning Signs that should put your Phishing Radar on High Alert

Author: ITS

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

Category: General Interest , IT Announcements

Have you ever received an email claiming to come from UNB and asking for your personal information that seemed a little ‘off’ somehow?

Phishing emails try to be clever by claiming to come from a trustworthy source, like UNB or your bank, but they almost always contain a few bits and pieces that expose them for what they really are - trash.

A few warning signs of a phishing email to look out for:

1. Poor Spelling and/or Grammar. Any legitimate organization is going to proofread their emails pretty carefully before sending them to you. If you receive a message containing multiple misspelled words or grammar mistakes, chances are it’s a scam and should be deleted.

2. $Tr@nG.e Links or attachments asking for your personal information – Phishing emails usually ask you to click on a link or open an attachment and enter your personal information such as your Login ID and Password or credit card number. Before clicking any links in an email, hover your mouse over the link and look in the bottom left hand corner of your screen. If the address contains multiple different characters like $ and %, chances are it shouldn’t be trusted.

3. (Empty) Threats – “IF YOU DON’T ACT NOW YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE DELETED!!”. Phishing messages often contain threats such as this to make you think there will be negative consequences if you don’t respond with your personal information.

Please help us stomp out phishing at UNB!

Be suspicious of ANY emails requesting your login information. If you are unsure about the legitimacy of an email, DO NOT reply or click on any links. Instead, contact the ITS Help Desk and they will let you know if it’s ok.

Educate yourself. As the saying goes, knowledge is power. The more you know about phishing, the easier it will be to distinguish a trustworthy email from one that belongs in the trash. To learn more about phishing and how to keep your information safe, Check out ITS’s Safe Computing website.