PHISHING ALERT: Increased number of targeted phishing attempts
August 29, 2013 @ 08:41 am
We've recently been made aware of an increase in targeted 'phishing' emails toward Auburn employees and students. These 'phishing' emails are designed to trick users into giving up their usernames and passwords or personal information, which can later be used for anything ranging from cleaning out bank accounts or identity theft to sending more spam or phishing emails. They often are designed to look like legitimate email from Auburn University, banks, on-line vendors, or social media sites.
We would like to remind you of some simple steps to prevent becoming a victim of 'phishing' attempts.
- DO NOT reply to email with any personal information or passwords. If you have reason to believe that the request is real, call the institution or company directly.
- DO NOT click a link in an email message. If you have reason to believe the request is real, type the web address for the company or institution directly into your web browser.
- DO NOT use the same password for your AU account, bank, Facebook, etc. In the event you do fall victim to a phishing attempt the thieves will try the compromised password in as many places they can.
- DO change ALL of your passwords if you suspect any account you have access to may be compromised, whether it is your AU account, Facebook, bank, etc.
- DO be equally cautious when reading email on your phone. It may be easier to miss telltale signs of phishing attempts when reading the email on a smaller screen.
If you receive an email that you believe may be a phishing attempt please feel free to forward it to email@example.com. You can also learn more about phishing prevention at: http://www.auburn.edu/phishing/
Office of Information Technology
300 Lem Morrison Drive
Auburn University, AL 36849