The activity of defrauding an online account holder of financial information by
posing as a legitimate company. Typical phishing will ask for personal
information, such as account username and password or your social security
number. The phishing email may also contain a link to a website which APPEARS
legitimate, but directs you to a page asking for personal information.
Always check the URL to make sure the page is a legimate site.
- Legitimate organizations will not request this type of information through an email.
Irrelevant or inappropriate messages sent on the Internet to a large number of
Important Facts About Phishing Email
Phishing emails may request your username and password be sent back in a reply email.
Phishing emails may show the sender on behalf of someone.
Phishing emails may contain fuzzy logo symbols which are not genuine.
Phishing emails may not contain email signatures or any contact information.
Phishing emails generally use bad grammar and unwanted capitalization.
Phishing emails generally require you to take quick action, such as verifying your account to prevent it from being deactivated.
How to Identify a Phishing or Spam Email
The image below is an example of an actual phishing email. It APPEARS
legitimate with the Amazon.com email address and logos.
Body of the email
- You will notice the Amazon.com logo is blurry.
- The email notes the urgency to correct the issue and states that you must verify your personal information to correct the issue.
- Hyperlink in the email message shows the website path as:
problem is . . . . . . . .
THIS IS A HUGE RED FLAG
- If you click on it, the ACTUAL website path is:
This is why it is important to check the website URL.
The image below is an example of an actual spam
Unlike the malicious intent of a phishing email, a spam email is a minor annoyance of an unwanted email.
Body of the email
- The email is an offer for a good or service sent randomly to a user.
- While the quality of the good or service varies, the sender is not misrepresenting themselves.
What do you do if you find a phishing email in your WVUP Email?
Step 1: Report Phishing Email to HelpDesk@wvup.edu
Step 2: Delete the email from your inbox