Whoever said, “Sharing is nice, ” wasn’t referring to your ECU passphrase. You’ve received them, those “almost-looks-real-but-not-quite” emails claiming to be from your bank, the IRS or the ECU Computer IT department. The latest one is sent from a bogus “Microsoft Customer Support” department.
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. This is called “phishing.” It is illegal, and it is a growing threat at ECU.
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 tips to avoid being a victim: