More recently, our campus has seen an uptick on Phishing emails and now text messages, that look like they’re coming from legitimate businesses, co-workers, family, and friends. The goal of the hacker is to get us to download some type of malware file or give up personal information. According to Proofpoint’s 2020 State of the Phish report, almost two-thirds (65 percent) of US organizations “experienced a successful phishing attack last year.”
Ways to spot a phishing email:
- Pay close attention to the senders’ email address. Does it look legitimate?
- Are you expecting an email from the sender?
- Be suspicious when the email is urging you to take immediate action.
- NEVER click on links or buttons listed in the email. If you think the email might be from a legitimate source, then go to the legitimate website or call them on your own.
- Look at the signature at the bottom of the email. Does it contain a signature with a name, title, business name, address, phone number, website, or email address? If not, then don’t trust the sender.
Can you spot the tell-signs in the email below?