UTech Security Awareness Bulletin - Avoid Being a Victim of a Phishing Scam Phishing is the act of sending an e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be another trusted user or company in an attempt to steal their credentials. The e-mail can contain a link to a fake web site that asks the user to enter personal information such as username, password, credit card number, etc. There are several signs you should look for to identify a phishing e-mail: 1. Any e-mail asking for your name, birth date, social security number, email username, e-mail password, or any other type of personal information, no matter who the e-mail appears to be from, is almost certainly a scam. California University of Pennsylvania and most other businesses do not send unsolicited e-mail requesting personal or financial information. 2. E-mails that are poorly worded, have typos, or have phrases such as "this is not a joke" or "forward this message to your friends" are generally scam e-mails. 3. Phishing mail often includes official-looking logos and other identifying information taken directly from legitimate Web sites, and it may include convincing details about your personal information that scammers found on your social networking pages. 4. A few phrases to look for if you think an e-mail message is a phishing scam are: 1. "Verify your account." 2. "If you don't respond within 48 hours, your account will be closed." 3. "You have won the lottery." How to avoid being a victim: 1. Verify the URL (web address) of a website before clicking on a link. Malicious websites may look identical to a legitimate site, but the URL may use a variation of spelling or a different name. 2. Don't send sensitive information over the Internet before checking a website's security. 3. Do not reveal personal or financial information, and do not respond to e-mail solicitations for this information. This includes following links sent in e-mail. 4. Never respond to suspicious e-mails or click on links inside suspicious messages.
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