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Phishing: Don't get hooked

You may not realize it, but you are a phishing target at school, at work, and at home. Ultimately, you are the most effective way to detect and stop phishing scams. When viewing email messages, texts, or social media posts, look for the following indicators to prevent passwords, personal data, or private information from being stolen.

Beware sketchy messages. Phishy messages may include a formal salutation, overly-friendly tone, grammatical errors, urgent requests, or gimmicks.

Avoid opening links and attachments. Even if you know the sender, don't click on links that could direct you to a bad website. And do not open attachments unless you are expecting a file from someone.

Verify the source. Check the sender's email address to make sure it's legitimate. If in doubt, just delete the message.


Watch how one student got caught in a phishing scam.

Further reading:

4 Ways to Protect Against the Very Real Threat of Ransomware, Wired; May 13, 2016

Top Phishing Scams on Social Media; AARP, May 13, 2016

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