Phishing emails occasionally show up in your inbox. Emails that claim to be from your bank, the IRS or the ECU Computer IT department. Phishing emails may be hard to spot, but one item you can always count on: these messages always ask for your credentials in some way.
First, the message usually describes a digital disaster or time-sensitive emergency and then requests that you update account information immediately. The message usually continues with dire consequences unless you reply with your passphrase, account username or Social Security Number: money will be lost, accounts will close or some other dire situation will result.
DON’T FALL FOR THIS SCAM!!
Once you reply to this type of message, the perpetrators use your personal information to conduct fraud or to send SPAM from your email account.
To learn more about phishing, visit the Federal Trade Commission.
While ITCS does a good job catching most malicious messages before they are delivered, some do get through, so we count on our users to be aware of the following to avoid being a victim:
Need help? Call the IT Help Desk at 252.328.9866 | 800.340.7081.