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Phishing Attempt (02/12/2018) - Avoid Mail Closure

What is Phishing?

Phishing (pronounced "fishing") is probably the most common form of social engineering we see at the University. Phishing is a kind of identity theft that is growing in popularity amongst hackers. Phishing emails will typically contain a statement that something is going to happen to your account if you don't act now, which usually involves clicking on a link to a page where you are requested to provide your username and password and sometimes more. Phishing is using email or social skills (social networking) to trick you into providing personal/financial information, most commonly passwords and credit card numbers, to gain access to your accounts and steal more data or money. By using fraudulent websites and false emails, perpetrators attempt to steal as much information as you are willing to give them.

To learn more about phishing attacks, and how to protect yourself from them, please visit our phishing information page.

Attempt Information

From: Alumn <spoof email>
Date: Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 12:57 PM
Subject: Avoid Mail Closure
To: Recipients sent in the blind
CC: n/a

Here is the sample of what the phishing email looked like.