BearAware Alert: February 9, 2016

February 9, 2016

  During our campus-wide transition to Outlook365 we have seen a rise in the number of people who are being "hooked" by a particular type of phishing email.

This phishing email pretends to be from "IT Service Desk" or the "IT Department" and asks you to click a link to provide requested information. If you click the links in the email, a form appears requesting your username, password and, in some cases, other vital information. Examples of different versions of this phishing email are available on the BearAware site (

As we often publish in these alerts, Baylor University Information Technology Services will NEVER send you an email that includes links to online forms that request sensitive information such as your username, password, your social security number, or bank account routing numbers. If you receive an email that pretends to be from Information Technology Services and encourages you to click a link to take action, delete it immediately.

Be BearAware and avoid getting "hooked" into these phishing scams! We regularly post examples of phishing emails, other threats to be concerned about and general security tips on our @bearaware Facebook and Twitter accounts. "Like" our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to stay informed of current threats to your online security.

Contact the Help Desk at (254) 710-HELP (4357) if you are uncertain about the authenticity of an email you receive from ITS or require other technology assistance.
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