Phishing email awareness
As the end of the semester approaches, stress levels and workloads are high. Phishing scams try to get you to respond to an email either by clicking on a corrupted link/attachment or providing personal and financial information. Scams often impersonate a person from UW-Whitewater, offer a job for a substantial amount of money, or threaten to terminate your O365 email. They are hoping to catch you off guard.
We encourage you to be vigilant and not engage with off-campus emails unless you know the sender or are expecting the email. Now is not the time to lose access to your account, even for a short time, because it's been compromised.
Never provide any personal information, and take the time to look at the entire message before you decide to respond. Spot phishing attacks using the following tips:
- Is it offering money or a job; or asking for your info or help?
- Is the offer too good to be true?
- Does it have a generic greeting or signature?
- The message is urgent or very important and urges you to act immediately.
- Look for grammatical errors; this is common for scams.
- The email address is not coming from a UW-Whitewater account.
- Check the sender's email address and make sure you recognize them.
If you notice anything suspicious at all, do not click! Never give out your personal information through an email, especially to someone you do not know. Cybercriminals will use this info against you to steal from you, copy your identity or sell your information to other criminals.
If you see any suspicious emails, please attach them and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to report all suspected information security incidents, such as lost/stolen devices, emails with high-risk data sent to inappropriate individuals, compromised accounts, security breaches, etc., to the Help Desk.
Contact the Help Desk if you have any questions at email@example.com or 262-472-4357.