April 2017 BearAware Security Alert

Phishing Attacks on the Rise

We have seen an unusually high volume of phishing attempts in the past few days. We are actively working to block these emails from being delivered to Baylor email accounts, but different versions of these messages often still get distributed.

Here are a few simple ways to spot and avoid being reeled in by phishing scams:

  • The message often contains poor spelling, capitalization errors and unusual grammar.
  • The message may come from someone within your organization, often someone in authority to encourage you to act.
  • The message attempts to gain your trust and then encourage you to act (e.g., “Here is the information your requested,” “Click here to re-activate your account”).
  • The message uses urgent language to encourage you to act (e.g., “Urgent Action Required,” “Your account will be closed,”)
  • The message usually asks you to click a link that may appear legitimate on the surface; however, when inspected (by hovering over the link with your mouse pointer, or pressing and holding the link on a mobile interface) the link takes you to an unexpected location.
As a general rule, do not click links embedded in emails, texts or other messages. If you are ever asked to provide sensitive information such as a username/password, social security number, bank account information, etc., via email or on a page reached based on clicking a link in a message, do not hit “send” or “submit.” Baylor University will never ask you to provide sensitive information by email.

For examples of the most recent phishing attempts on campus, click here.

If you ever have a concern about the validity of an email or message requesting immediate action or sensitive information, contact the HELP desk at (254) 710-4357 (HELP) before taking any action.

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