Email Phishing

Do you get some emails that you wonder if it came from George Fox or not? Here’s what to look for and how you can tell if it’s a phishing/spam email or legitimate.

Most important--the George Fox IT Service Desk will never ask you for your username and password. You should never submit your George Fox credentials to any one.

What is “Phishing”?

Phishing is the act of sending emails to random receivers purporting that the emails are from a credible company that operates online. These types of emails will normally direct you to other websites where you are required to fill in a lot of personal information. Phishing schemes often involve emails that appear to be from legitimate companies asking you to reset your password or give your private information, though when you click the provided link, you are sent to a bogus site designed to steal the information.

What can you do if you think you received a phishing email?

  • Never click on any link or follow the instructions in a suspicious email
  • Forward it to servicedesk@georgefox.edu to report it and ask if it’s legitimate
  • Use Gmail’s built-in Report phishing feature shown below
  • If you determine it’s plain old Spam, use the Report Spam selection


Report Phishing

 

What to look for:

Here's an example of an email that looked legitimate, but take a second look:

Phishing Example

 Another recent example that was not as good but still can catch you off guard:

Real Email

Also be wary of any email that self-proclaims that it is not spam/phishing. Here is an excerpt from a recent phishing attempt: "If you receive this email in the spam/junk, move message to inbox to perform all data transfers securely."

 Compare to an actual email from the IT Service Desk at George Fox University:

Real Email

 Most important--the George Fox Service Desk will never ask you for your username and password. You should never submit your George Fox credentials to any one.