Email Geek

   PHISHING

I am the solution...to e-mail safety! 

Lottery Email  
What? You never entered the lottery?

    Really, you don't do business with that bank?   

           Is someone joking with you?

No, 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.

Sometimes 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!!!

Know how to recognize and avoid a "phishing" scam.
     Don’t be fooled!
        Protect your information and your worth!

  • Always know who you are dealing with when sharing personal information or giving away your money
  • 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.
    • When 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 immediately.

Here are examples of MC phishing e-mails and some pointers as to how you can identify them as phishing e-mails! 

   This e-mail is phishing for e-mail credentials:

 Phishing Mailbox Quota

   This e-mail is phishing for personal information and login credentials:

 

Email Phish PII

Helpful links for more information on Phishing:

phishinginfo.org

 

http://www.phishinginfo.org/

Anti-Phishing Working Group

 

www.antiphishing.org