|Phishing is an attempt to collect sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details, often for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trusted entity in electronic communication.
Many phishing emails are easy to identify - they contain misspelled words or poor grammar or come from an unknown email address, but some are difficult to discern.
What are the things to look for in an email that could indicate it is a scam?
1. If you receive an email that appears to be from a company or website you do business with that asks you to input personal information, such as your username, password or bank account details, do not respond to it or click on any links. If you are concerned there may be an actual problem with your account, navigate to the website yourself and log in.
|2. Hover your mouse over the top of the web address in an email and if what you see is different from the actual link that is displayed, the message is probably fraudulent or malicious. Please see in the example above, the link in the box does not state “unf.edu” but instead says “unf.tk”.
3. Suspect any email offer that seems too good to be true or is from someone with whom you have not initiated action (e.g. information about a job for which you did not apply).
4. Be wary of any email asking you to enter your login ID/password or update your account information.
5. Be suspicious if something just does not look/feel right. The idea is if something looks off, there is probably a good reason why. If you receive an email that seems suspicious, it's usually in your best interest to delete the message.
Below are three examples of recent phishing emails UNF has recently received. Please delete any email you believe to be phishing or forward it to the ITS Help Desk and they will ask the security team to review it.
Phishing Example 1
Phishing Example 2
Phishing Example 3