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Phishing

Phishing

IT will NEVER ask for your password via email and always communicates systems or account changes in advance.

“Phishing is a scam where the perpetrator sends out legitimate-looking e-mails appearing to come from some of the Web’s biggest sites, including eBay, PayPal, MSN, Yahoo, BestBuy, and America Online, in an effort to phish (pronounced “fish”) for personal and financial information from the recipient.”

Source: searchSecurity.com Definitions

If you receive an email that you believe to be a phishing attempt or other inappropriate unauthorized use of a College email account, please report this to abuse@tcnj.edu

Best practices to avoid phishing email:
• Use common email sense. Period. The main point is, you shouldn’t automatically trust any email message
• Don’t assume that emails from friends or colleagues have safe links or attachments
• Be extra suspicious of emails that relate to current events
• Do your research on emails that request immediate action.
• If there is a Web link inside a message, parse the URL to understand its genuine origin.
• Be careful about providing personal information on social networking sites.
• Be wary of unexpected text messages on your mobile phone.

Examples would be a message from your bank that asks you to update your account information. You click on the link, the legitimate bank site opens, then a page opens up on top asking you for your account info. This info page DOES NOT belong to the legitimate site. If you fill out your personal information and submit it, the info will go to the “phisher” to be sold or used to steal your identity.

Samples


Subject: Mailbox Quota Limit Exceeded

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Subject: Federal Tax payment rejected

Taxpayer ID: commensurate-00000700955060US
Tax Type: INCOME TAX
Issue: Unreported/Underreported Income (Fraud Application)

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