Phishing - How to Spot a Phishing Email

A description of what to look for in a phishing email.

The first rule is if you are not sure about a link in an email, do not click the link.  Ask somebody else or even contact the Eagle Help Desk to see if the email is valid.

Phishing is
when someone is trying to obtain your confidential or financial information. It may be an email from someone claiming to be a friend asking you to wire money to a far off country or someone claiming you won money, but they need your financial account information to deposit it. 

  1. Phishing emails usually have bad grammar, poor spelling or even odd formatting.  They often contain links, images, and attached files that they tell you to click on.
  2. UWL emails will usually contain official logos, so be careful of any suspicious logos within these emails.
  3. Don't fall for threats.  If the email says anything similar to “Your account will be shut down if you don’t respond” or “Your computer has a virus. Click here to remove the virus.”, don't click on it.
  4. If you are unsure if the email is from someone you know, check with the source directly to find out the validity of the email.
  5. System updates do not come via email.


Bottom line: If you are unsure of the validity of an email, do not click on any of the links.




Keywords:Phishing, email, spam, phishy   Doc ID:84838
Owner:Madeline S.Group:UW-La Crosse
Created:2018-08-13 08:53 CDTUpdated:2019-08-28 09:19 CDT
Sites:UW-La Crosse
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