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COVID-19 Phishing

by Fred Miller on 2020-04-13T12:02:55-04:00 | Comments

Criminals are trying to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic. Please be extra careful when clicking on links that appear to be about COVID-19. Here's a recent example:

Phishing sample

This message was not from Wofford, and tried to get the recipient to enter their ID and password on a bogus site.

Recognize a Phishing Attack before you take the bait:

There are common clues that can help you identify phishing as soon as it hits your inbox:

  • Messages that create a strong sense of urgency.
  • Emails that appear to be college related, but use a personal email address such as @gmail.com
  • Offers that are too good to be true.
  • The language, tone, or signature is inconsistent with the supposed sender.
  • Emails that pressure you to bypass or ignore our security policies.
  • Emails that contain a generic greeting such as "Dear Customer".
  • Messages that try to invoke curiosity or fear.

We know the bad guys can be tricky. If you suspect an email is a phishing attack, please report it to help@wofford.edu


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