Tech Tip: Phishing

April 18, 2017



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Phishing emails appear to come from legitimate sources and usually direct you to a spoofed web site. This site will ask you for personal information, like usernames, passwords, or financial information. Phishing emails will appear convincing by telling you the site detected fraudulent activity. The email usually includes a statement indicating urgency (e.g. your account will be locked at the close of business today). 

 

Once you enter your information, you will usually be referred to the “valid” site after being told, “You entered the incorrect user name” or something along those lines. Some of the forged web sites have the logic to capture your data and forward your entered data to the valid site and log you in. In either case, your information will be compromised.

 

More information can be found at https://kb.iu.edu/d/arsf