What is phishing?
Phishing scams are fraudulent email 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 or otherwise get you to divulge private information (e.g., password, credit card, or other account updates). The originators then use this private information to commit identity theft.
How to avoid phishing scams?
UW-Parkside will never use email to request that you reply with your password, social security number, or confidential personal information. Be suspicious of any email message with urgent requests to verify personal information through a web site or by replying to the message itself. Never reply to or click the links in a message. If you think the message may be legitimate, go directly to the company's web site (i.e., type the real URL into your browser) or contact the company to see if you really do need to take the action described in the email message.
When you recognize a phishing message, delete the email message from your Inbox, and then empty it from the deleted items folder to avoid accidentally accessing the web sites it points to.
To learn more about phishing, and to test your phishing knowledge, take this short phishing quiz.
How to report phishing alerts:
Phishing Alerts at UWP
The following emails have been received by the users of the UWP email network.