March 2021 STOMP
Safety Topic of the Month
Phishing is on the rise. The UNM Information Security and Privacy Office is asking you forward suspected email scams as an attachment to email@example.com. This type of email fraud is an attempt to get your personal or financial information.
How do you spot a phishing email? Here are some tips:
- If the email seems to be coming from a trusted source, such as a bank or institution, hover your cursor over the sender to see who exactly is sending it. If it comes up as anything other than an official email address, it may be a phishing scam. You can confirm if it is legitimate by calling your institutions business phone and inquiring.
- Phishing emails may ask for personal information, ask you to help a friend or relative out by sending money, or are offering a job opportunity. Don’t respond.
- Report to police if you are the victim of phishing, are receiving concerning communications, or have lost money through an online scam.
- If an email states you need “click here” to change your password immediately due to some pressing issue, do not click on the link. Look at the sender’s email address to determine if it is authentic.
The ISPO office provides a list of phishing emails others have spotted on the Phish Bowl (https://ispo.unm.edu/phish-bowl/index.html).
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