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Week 2: Fight the Phish

Cybersecurity affects daily life for all of us. Help fight phishing and scams. According to the FBI, phishing attacks are the most common cybercrime. Scammers know you're overloaded with email and seize the opportunity to catch you off guard. They send their message into the flood already entering your inbox, hoping you'll open it distractedly.

These fraudulent emails claim to be from known individuals or legitimate organizations. They may contain links to fake websites that impersonate popular retail brands (e.g., Amazon, eBay, personal banking), where you are asked to enter your email address, password, or other sensitive information. Some messages also include malicious attachments intended to infect your computer or devices.

The Federal Trade Commission has reported that imposter scams are the top fraud category nationwide. A new imposter scam involves a phishing email that leads to vishing or a voice phishing attack, designed to trick you into contacting a cybercriminal and giving up your credit card number and other personal details.

As with all suspicious email, take the time to investigate:

  • Check the sending address. It could come from a fake or compromised account.
  • Confirm links by hovering over them to reveal the URL before you click.
  • Never open links or attachments from untrusted or unexpected sources.
  • Watch out for email targeted to stir your emotions. Criminals try to knock you off balance with threats, a false sense of urgency, or a deal that's too good to be true.
  • Check the Phish Bowl and Verified Cornell Communications. Report suspected fraud to the IT Security Office.

Do your part. #BeCyberSmart. Learn how to protect yourself from vishing and other scams with these helpful videos from the National Cyber Security Alliance:

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 10:18am

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