I am the solution...to e-mail safety!
What? You never entered the lottery?
Really, you don't do business with that bank?
Is someone joking with you?
what someone is trying to do is scam money from you (postage fees or
administrative fees) or steal your information (SSN) by telling you lies.
What's the result?...you get nothing and they get your money or information!
It's called phishing and can come in all kinds of shapes and sizes.
they pretend to be a legitimate business. Sometimes a long lost friend in need
of help or even someone promising you money. But each time, they are really
thieves. So what do you do?
Think before you click!!!
how to recognize and avoid a "phishing" scam.
Don’t be fooled!
Protect your information and
- Always know who
you are dealing with when sharing personal information or giving away your
- Never share your
passwords. No reputable organization...or friend...would ever ask for your
password...including Montgomery College.
- Take the time to
look closely at e-mail or website text:
- Phishing text is often not personalized and speaks in generalities.
- Phishing text often sounds urgent in nature. “This is your last chance….” or “If
you don’t reply, your account will be closed.” If business was
really that urgent, wouldn’t the firm want to talk to you in person?
- Website URLs should make sense and match the name of the firm.
asking for confidential information, a website URL should start with https://
not just http:// and have other indicators showing they are secure such
as the lock symbol on the bottom menu.
- Never reply to
an e-mail or pop-up request, or click on a link in the e-mail that asks
for personal or financial information. Reputable companies never
conduct important personal business through e-mail.
- Be careful when
directed to use a telephone number that is provided in an e-mail. When
sharing personal information, it is always safer to make contact using the
telephone number from a financial statement or on
the back of a credit or debit card.
- Actually go to
the firm’s website after getting the link from a reputable source or give
them a call using a reputable telephone number. They may already know that
they are involved in a phishing scam.
- If you think you
have fallen trap to a phishing scheme, contact the firm in question
Here are examples of actual MC e-mails and some pointers on how you can identify them as phishing attempts. For more information on what we are doing here at MC to prevent phishing visit the Phish Trap.
e-mail is phishing for e-mail credentials:
e-mail is phishing for personal information and login credentials: