“A cybercrime in which a target or targets are contacted by email, telephone or text message by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure individuals to providing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information, banking, and credit card details, and passwords. The information is then used to access important accounts and can result in identity theft and financial loss.”
Common Features of Phishing Emails
Remember that neither TAMHSC nor any reputable organization (banks, websites, agencies, Government departments) will ask you for your password or confidential information in an email.
- Sense of Urgency: Eye-catching or attention-grabbing statements designed to attract people’s attention. For example, lucrative limited time offers.
- Attachments: If you see an attachment in an email you weren’t expecting or that doesn’t make sense, don’t open it!
- Hyperlinks: A link may not be all it appears to be! Hovering over a link will reveal the actual URL you will be directed to by clicking it. It could be completely different or it could be a popular misspelling.
- Unusual Sender: Similar to hyperlinks, hovering over the sender’s name will reveal their full email address. Look carefully, it could be a popular misspelling!
Report Suspicious Emails to OIT
If you receive a suspicious email, do not respond, download, or click on any attachments or links, until you can verify the legitimacy of the sender. Forward all suspicious emails as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have already opened the attachment from a suspicious email, contact the OIT Helpdesk immediately at 800-799-7474 or 979-436-0250.