If you’re reading this, you may have spotted March’s test phishing email! This email was sent as part of the Secure UD “Take a BITE out of phish!” campaign, a University initiative to raise our community’s awareness about phishing attacks, their consequences, and how to avoid becoming a victim. Each month, a random sample of employees will receive a harmless test phish like this one:
Let’s look at what makes this email suspicious:
- Check the sender. If the “from” address is unfamiliar, take a few extra moments to examine the contents of the email.
- Don’t be blinded by official names or logos. Many criminals will use “scraped” logos and branding from a company or a university’s website in order to make their emails appear official.
- Using your name or other information specific to you does not mean an email is legitimate. Phishers will often use your name or other information in order to appear legitimate. Consider the necessity of posting publicly viewable personal or professional information online and know that your content can be, and sometimes is, archived.
- Don’t click links within a suspicious e-mail. Hyperlinks that appear legitimate can be a disguised link to a criminal or malicious website. When in doubt, hover your mouse over the text of the hyperlink (you should see the full URL, which will help to show whether it leads to a legitimate website). Or better yet, open a browser window and manually type in the hyperlink yourself to prevent it being re-directed. To inspect a link when using a mobile device, you must tap and hold the link to see the actual URL.
Always exercise caution; if you receive a suspicious request for your personal information, instructions to visit a suspicious website, or download a suspicious attachment, forward it to email@example.com.
And as always, Think B4 U Click!