What is Phishing?

Phishing scams are typically fraudulent email messages appearing to come from legitimate enterprises (e.g., your university, your Internet service provider, your bank). These messages usually direct you to a spoofed web site and ask you to provide private information (e.g., password, credit card, or other account updates). The perpetrators then use this private information to commit identity theft.

Examples of phishing attempt are: (1) an email message stating that you need to re-activate your account to avoid being cut off from it, (2) instructing you to click a link to access a requested document, or (3) to verify your account due to fraudulent activity. Phishing messages are designed to make you panic and react immediately, rather than thinking about what you are doing.

How Do I Avoid Being Phished?

  1. Be wary of emails that contain links or attachments when you are not expecting to receive either. Do not click links or open files in unfamiliar email.
  2. Don’t always believe what you see, scammers can take control of anyone’s email account – just because an email looks real, doesn’t mean it is.
  3. Be cautious of generic emails that are asking you to perform actions not normally asked of you via a generic looking email from someone that you may not have ever met.
  4. If you click the link, check the website address in the browser before doing anything else – if you are logging into a Baylor account, you should see Baylor website address in the address bar.