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How can I avoid being phished?

Views: 349 Created: 2013-06-20 14:32 Last Updated: 2014-02-05 17:32

Never respond to emails that request personal, financial, or password information.

You should be suspicious of any email that asks for your password or account information, or include links for that purpose. ITS never asks for such information.

Look for signs that an email is “phishy”.

Phishing emails usually use generic greetings, such as ‘Dear customer.” They may also make alarming claims (e.g., that your account will be disabled or mail box is full). Phishing emails often include an embedded link.

Don’t follow links embedded in an unsolicited email. Phishers often use these to direct you to a bogus site.

Always report suspicious activity.

If you receive an email that you suspect isn’t genuine, contact the IT Help Desk at 901-333-4357 (901-333-HELP).  If you receive a phishing email, report it by sending the phishing email as an attachment to: rahmed@southwest.tn.edu or wwall@southwest.tn.edu.