Knowledgebase: General Questions
Spam and Phishing
Posted by Jody Austin on 16 October 2014 08:28 AM

Phishing scams try to steal confidential information by trolling for unsuspecting victims through e-mails and sending them to fake web sites where they are tricked into providing personal information.

 

Here is information from OIT on recognizing phishing attempts. Phishing attempts often come from seemingly legitimate sources but usually contain clues that they are not valid like:

-          Generic signature or lack of contact information

-          Odd English sentence structure or misspellings.

-          A return email address/web link that is not from or to the institution.

-          Questions about you that the organization already knows about you like your account name, password, location, etc.

 

Remember that neither OIT or ORIS will ask you for your password or any other personal information via email.

 

If you suspect a phishing attempt and would like to report it, OIT has these suggestions:

-          At home you can forward spam that is phishing for information to spam@uce.gov and to the company, bank, or organization impersonated in the phishing email. Most organizations have information on their websites about where to report problems.

-          At work send reports of suspect OSU email to report-phish@osu.edu

 

If in doubt, verify the request. Call the institution or organization and confirm they need your information.  If you ever have a question about the legitimacy of an e-mail, please call 688-HELP (8-HELP) for verification and advice

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