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SPAM or Phish
Our network center blocks on average, about 100 thousand SPAM or Phishing messages a day! Even so, Spam lands in our in-boxes just waiting to fool us into giving up sensitive information. So how can one tell if a message is not right and avoid being compromised?
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Note: If you receive a SPAM or Phishing message, please forward it to mailcop@etown.edu.

Be Safe: Elizabethtown College will never ask for your personal information or password. Never share this information with anyone.

  • You are asked to verify your account.
  • You are asked to confirm your identity.
  • You are asked to provide your username and password.
  • You are asked to click a link or download an attachment to open or reactivate an account.
  • The message is not signed by a member of the ITS staff.
  • The From address is not an @etown.edu address.
  • If you hover over the From: line, the address will be different from what is on the message.
  • Poor grammar and/or misspelling.
  • Requesting you click a link in the message.
  • Bank message asking for account verification, renewal, reactivation, security improvement.
  • Credit card notification with a link to download something.
  • Alert that you have received some money and all you have to do is click a link to start the process.
  • E-card message that you are not expecting even if it is from someone you know.
  • A notice that you have free “stuff” or unclaimed assets waiting for you and to just click a link to find out about it.
  • IRS notifies you that you have a tax refund and to click a link to receive the refund.
  • Don’t think that a professional looking message is legitimate. For example, spammers are duplicating the look of messages sent by banks and the IRS.
Examples: Spam ExampleSpam ExamplePhish Example Phish ExamplePhish Example
Video:http://www.atomiclearning.com/highed/almovie?key=25072&cn=etown&type=Workshop&sid=1596


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