Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Beware of Phishing/scams – Offer to win a $1000 gift card or 5 year Netflix Subscription

Beware of phishing/scam emails circulating on campus with “offer to win a $1000 gift card, from various stores and services (Walmart, Amazon, Costco, or 5 year Netflix subscription) for completing a “survey”.  This type of email is a scam and should be ignored and deleted immediately.

Do not respond to the message, do not click on links within the body of the message, and do not provide your name, email address, banking or credit card information.

If you have already responded to this email, please contact the ITS Service Desk immediately.

Be wary of unsolicited email that asks for personal information, or tries to convince you to click on a web link to update personal information.  These are often phishing emails.

How can you tell if an email is a phishing/scam attempt?

  • Offers of gift cards, or other money; offers of free subscriptions, etc.
  • Asks to send money/or other form of money such as Bitcoin, gift cards, cheques, etc.
  • Many scams revolve around cashing bad or forged cheques.
  • It asks you for your password or directs you to a webform asking for your password
  • The subject line is in all caps
  • There is a call for immediate action – “download this now” or “confirm you email identity now” or “click on the link below”
  • There are spelling or grammatical errors in the email
  • Sounds to good to be true, it probably is…

Please visit our IT security page for more tips on protecting yourself online.

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