What Phishing Looks Like

Phishing scams are typically fraudulent e-mail messages appearing to come from legitimate enterprises (e.g., your university, your Internet service provider, your bank). These messages usually direct you to a spoofed web site and ask you for private information (e.g., password, credit card, or other account updates). The perpetrators then use this private information to commit identity theft.

The examples below are phishing scam e-mails that have been sent to users on this campus. In the examples, look for the following traits:

  • Sender name does not match sender e-mail
  • Poor grammar, poor spelling, or non-standard language usage
  • Requests to click a link
  • Requests to verify, upgrade, reactivate or retain an account, perform maintenance, confirm or enable account protection
  • Requests for username and/or password

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