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What is phishing?

Phishing is a cybercrime in which a target or targets are contacted by email, telephone or text message by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information, banking and credit card details, and passwords. The information is then used to access important accounts and can result in identity theft and financial loss.

There's something phishy here ...

Phishing emails can be hard to spot, so it is essential to be aware of some basic signs.

  • Be cautious of the urgency within an email
  • Double check the URL before submitting credentials (username, password)
  • Hover over links in emails before clicking them. The real destination can usually be checked in the lower left corner of the page.
  • Watch for unusual Spelling/Grammatical Errors
  • Be sure the email from a friend/colleague is authentic; remember that their email could have been compromised or spoofed

If you are suspicious of an email, call the individual or forward the email to