Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Stop. Think. Click.

The holiday season is filled with lots of smiles, joy, celebration, and scam artists. Malicious attackers use impersonation and deception practices to entice the user into revealing personal or University information and commit fraud. One method to do that is called phishing. 

Phishing scams are usually fraudulent emails which appear to originate from a legitimate source like a student, service
provider, bank, vendor, utility company, IT, etc. The emails usually contain a link to a "spoofed" website asking you to enter private or University information. Once the information is submitted via the spoofed website, the malicious attackers use the information to commit different types of fraud including identity theft. If you become a victim of phishing scam, you may be putting the University, student, colleague, and/or your private information at risk. 

What should you do if you suspect a phishing scam? 

Stop. Think. Click. 

  • Verify that the email is coming from a legitimate source by contacting the source directly. 
  • Ask "why" would someone request usernames, password, social security, bank account, credit account, or other type of sensitive information. 
  • If you think you have received a phishing scam in your Ferris email, contact the TAC service desk immediately for further assistance. 

Will you take the bait or live to swim another day? Learn for yourself by playing the Phishing Game provided by *OnGuardOnline.  

*OnGuardOnline is a government program which provides security awareness information and interactive learning opportunities. 

Written by Vel Pavlov