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Phishing Scams

What is phishing?

Phishing uses fake emails or websites to collect usernames and passwords as well as bank account numbers, social security numbers, and other personal information. These emails and websites may look real, but they are actually designed to fool you into divulging information.

Below is an example of a phishing email:


Subject: Confirm Your E-mail Address
Dear Webmail Account Owner

This message is from web mail admin messaging center to all web mail account owners. 

We are currently upgrading our data base and e-mail account center. We are canceling unused web mail email account to create more space for new accounts.

To prevent your account from closing you will have to update it below to know it's status as a currently used account.

Email Username :
Email Password :
Date of Birth :

Warning!!! Any account owner that refuses to update his/her account within Three days of this update notification will loose his/her account permanently.

Thank you for using this web mail

Support Team


How can I avoid phishing?

Follow the steps in the Safe Computing for Students and Safe Computing for Faculty and Staff sections to learn more about protecting yourself from phishing scams.