Protecting against Phishing
Simply put, “Phishing” is a fraudulent attempt to acquire
your confidential information such as usernames, passwords, bank, or credit card
details. This is achieved by sending you a spoof email, and
redirecting you to a fake website that has a similar look and feel as the
legitimate site. As a general rule, legitimate organisations will not ask you for user names / passwords.
Phishing emails -
- Might appear to come from your bank or financial institution, a company you regularly do business with, or from your social networking site.
- Might appear to be from someone you in your email address book
- Might include official-looking logos and other identifying information taken directly from legitimate websites.
- Might include links to spoofed websites where you are asked to enter personal information.
- Phishing attempts often
have misspellings and grammatical errors. Some have an urgent tone and
they seek sensitive information that legitimate companies don't
typically ask for via e-mail.
If you receive an email that you're unsure about, forward it to the helpdesk and we will investigate.
This is an example of a phishing email that was received by our staff -
We utilise Microsoft ATP to check the address to see if has been reported as a spoofed site. However, sometimes this may not detect fake sites. Always check to see if