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IT will NEVER ask for your password via email and always communicates systems or account changes in advance.

“A technique for attempting to acquire sensitive data, such as bank account numbers, through a fraudulent solicitation in email or on a web site, in which the perpetrator masquerades as a legitimate business or reputable person.”

Source: NIST CSRC Definitions

If you receive an email that you believe to be a phishing attempt or other inappropriate unauthorized use of a College email account, please report this to

Best practices to avoid phishing email:
• Use common email sense. Period. The main point is, you shouldn’t automatically trust any email message
• Don’t assume that emails from friends or colleagues have safe links or attachments
• Be extra suspicious of emails that relate to current events
• Do your research on emails that request immediate action.
• If there is a Web link inside a message, parse the URL to understand its genuine origin.
• Be careful about providing personal information on social networking sites.
• Be wary of unexpected text messages on your mobile phone.

Examples would be a message from your bank that asks you to update your account information. You click on the link, the legitimate bank site opens, then a page opens up on top asking you for your account info. This info page DOES NOT belong to the legitimate site. If you fill out your personal information and submit it, the info will go to the “phisher” to be sold or used to steal your identity.


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