Don’t Take the Bait – Avoid Phishing Scams!
Be careful what you click on! Phishing is a form of internet fraud that uses pop-up messages and emails to trick you into disclosing important info like credit card numbers, bank account information, social security numbers and more. Check out some of DoIT’s best tips for avoiding identity-stealing schemes.
Scammers will likely use legitimate businesses that you would typically use, such as online stores, credit card companies, delivery services, banks, Universities, etc. These cyber criminals use fraudulent logos and company contact information in their schemes, so even if it looks real, it’s always best to be cautious. By securing your top-secret info, they can commit identity theft and gain access to your finances. Don’t take the bait!
- Turn on your firewall and use anti-virus software!
- Never email sensitive information. Email is not a secure method for sending and saving sensitive info. This includes passwords, financial information, social security numbers, etc.
- Be Suspicious of email. A message demanding personal information is more than likely a phishing attempt. A few other suspicious indicators: spelling/grammatical mistakes, overall generic tone and an ambiguous website link.
- Don’t click on direct links or open attachments from unknown sources/possible spam emails.
- Do not delete any fraudulent requests. Instead, report the issue to firstname.lastname@example.org. They will need the email as evidence. You can send the original email as an attachment by dragging and dropping it into a new message box. For instructions, visit: https://doit.missouri.edu/services/infosec/infosec-resources/spam-junk-email-phishing-scams/.
- If you’ve been a victim of a phishing scam, reset your password immediately, report the incident to the university and file a complaint with consumer.ftc.gov.
— May 2, 2017