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Fall Phishing expeditions

Published: 8-5-2013 8:00 am

Greetings all,

I thought I would take a moment to send the semi regular reminder about phishing attempts. We've seen two or three varieties already this fall and many of you have forwarded them to our office to let us know - thank you for your vigilance!!
A few telltale signs of a phishing attempt:

1) The e-mail asks you to respond in e-mail with your username and password. A legitimate entity will NEVER ask you to turn your password over to them in e-mail (or frankly in any way other than logging into the system as you normally would).

2) The e-mail comes from an e-mail address outside the organization.

3) There is a "click here" link in the e-mail to resolve the issue. While this can sometimes be legitimate, you are always better off entering the URL directly into your browser. For example, let's say you get an e-mail from Citibank saying:

"Your credit card has been disabled click here to resolve the issue."

The best practice is to go directly to the website for your credit card company (in this case and NOT click on the link in the e-mail. If the e-mail is legitimate, you'll get the same notice as you log in that was in the e-mail. If it isn't legitimate and you click on the link in the e-mail and login, you have just given your username and password to a site which was NOT your credit card company's site (but may look very much like it).

Thanks for your vigilance in watching out for phishing attempts and protecting your passwords!

Sent from my iPad

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