Phishing Phlash: Don’t Get Hooked by the Latest Phishing Scams

Posted: September 5, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The following message is provided as a service of Mason’s Information Technology Unit Security Office.

Every day, cyber-criminals are hard at work creating deceptive Internet traps with one goal in mind — to lure in some unsuspecting “phish.” Yet even the most sophisticated scams still rely upon an individual’s response to be successful.

Don’t be caught off guard. Protect yourself and your personal and financial information from identity theft and malicious harvesting.

Follow these three simple rules to avoid getting entangled in a phishing scam:

1. Never respond (or hit “reply”) to an e-mail or pop-up that requests your personal information.

2. Never give out your personal or financial information over e-mail.

3. Never assume that an electronic request for personal information is valid just because the address appears to be legitimate. This is especially true of any GMU.EDU address; Mason will never request personal information through e-mail.

If you’re not sure if an Internet message is real, the best approach is to contact the sender directly either by phone or main web site address — when in doubt, type it out.

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