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Securing Wesleyan Tip: Phishing

Phishing is a very real threat on the internet that may be in the form of emails, pop-ups, or even links that will attempt to get your personal information. If something seems too good to be true—whether it’s a trip to Hawaii or the lottery—it is! Do not click on those links to “verify” your information, and above all, do not give your information out. Along with that, don’t download anything to your computer unless it’s coming from a trusted source.

 Starbucks Phishing Email

A perfect example of a “too good to be true” phishing email. In the off chance this doesn’t go directly to spam, you can usually tell if an email is spam or trying to get your personal information based on the content of the email. Notice some of the problems with this email. Why doesn’t an email from Starbucks use their logo? Why would AT&T be sending you money for coffee? Why are there so many spelling errors? Apparently Starbucks can’t even spell their name correctly (“Sturbucks”). And even though this is supposedly an “eGift”, why is it asking you to print? Be sure to always exercise caution and read through things carefully before you give out any personal information or click on a link to a potentially fraudulent website.