Phishing - How to Spot 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.
A description of what to look for in a phishing email.
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.
- 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.
- UWL emails will usually contain official logos, so be careful of any suspicious logos within these emails.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.