Here in the Phish Bowl, you can check for recent fraudulent email examples. If you receive a suspicious email or are unsure about an email, check here for the latest alerts.
If you find the suspicious email here or in the link above, please mark the email as spam, and you're done. If it's not noted here, please forward it to email@example.com. It will be added so others are aware of it.
If you responded to a suspicious email and/or clicked on a link and entered any account or personal information, please immediately contact the Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org and reset your account password to prevent scammers from using your account.
Additional tips for avoiding phishing attempts:
- Turn on Google 2-Step Verification. Provide an additional step in your email login to prevent others from getting access. You can choose to 'remember a trusted computer' on your office or home computer. From then on, at that particular computer, you'll only need your password. You'll still be covered, 2-Step Verification will be required from any other location.
- Do not assume a suspect email is safe just because it is not listed here. There are many variants, and new malicious emails are being sent out each day. When in doubt, consult the LITS Help Desk at x2600.
- Watch out for emails asking you to log in to your Gmail, PayPal, eBay or bank account. You'll be asked to follow a link in the email, which will take you to an official-looking site where your details will then be stolen. When in doubt, type the institution's web address in your browser manually or contact the institution directly at a known and trusted phone number or email address. Don't follow email links.
- Look for spelling and grammatical errors, frequently an indicator of spam and phishing.
- Look at the link, mouse hover over it to view it and check if web address is correct.
- Does the email request you to reveal any personal information?
- Does the email entice you, threaten you or urge immediate action?
- Federal trade Commission's consumer information on phishing
- Ouch security awareness newsletter
- Microsoft Office How-to help protect you from phishing schemes
- Yahoo Security, anti-phishing information
Additional Resources @ Lynda.com
Navigate to lynda.com and click on the Sign in link in the upper right corner. In the Log in through your organization or school box, enter www.mtholyoke.edu. When prompted, sign in with your MHC username and password.