Phishing is a scam where internet fraudsters send email or pop-up messages to lure personal and financial information from unsuspecting victims. To avoid getting hooked:
- Don’t reply to email or pop-up messages that ask for personal or financial information, and don’t click on links in the message. Don’t cut and paste a link from the message into your Web browser — phishers can make links look like they go one place, but that actually send you to a different site.
- Some scammers send an email that appears to be from a legitimate business and ask you to call a phone number to update your account or access a “refund.” Scammers have technology so that the area code you call does not reflect where the scammers really are. If you need to reach an organization you do business with, call the number on your financial statements or on the back of your credit card.
- Use anti-virus and anti-spyware software, as well as a firewall, and update them all regularly.
- Don’t email personal or financial information.
- Review credit card and bank account statements as soon as you receive them to check for unauthorized charges.
- Be cautious about opening any attachment or downloading any files from emails you receive, regardless of who sent them.
Purdue Calumet will never ask you to provide your login-id, password, social security number, or other personal information by email. If you ever have any questions or concerns regarding fake email offers/warning, you can contact the Computer Help Desk at 989-2888 or you can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courtesy Federal Trade Commission http://www.onguardonline.gov/topics/phishing.aspx