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Beware of Phishing Attempts, Scams, and Job Offers in Your Email

Don't Get HookedEmail phishing attempts, try to fool you into providing private information such as your Internet password, banking information, or other information that might lead to identity theft. Recently a new UMD student reported having responded to an email offering a job opportunity. Because it came in her UMD email, she thought it was an email from UMD, and she responded by providing some information and indicating an interest in this job. Unfortunately, the email was not from UMD, and it is hard to tell whether or not it was a legitimate business. Luckily, she did not provide any private financial information, so we hope all will be well. If you are wondering how to tell whether an email is legitimate or not, How To Tell If an Email Is a Phishing is a good article that might help.

ITSS scans email before it is delivered and then tags suspicious email in the subject line with [phish?]. There is no need to call or email us when you see a message like this. Unless you have a good reason to believe it is legitimate, you should simply delete the message. Please know that we can't detect every phish message, so you should still remain vigilant. In gmail, you can also choose to tag the message as spam, using the icon that looks like a stop sign with an exclamation point inside.

Please know that no reputable business, including the University of Minnesota, will ask you to provide personal information via email. In particular, guard your passwords, bank numbers, social security numbers, and similar data, and do not provide it via email. You should also avoid clicking on a web link in a suspicious message. For further information consult Phishing Scams.