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Tech Tip: Email Phishing

Posted: 3/16/2022 7:57:23 AM

Hello Titans,

 

Please be on the lookout for “phishing” emails.  Attackers attempt to convince you to click on a link.  After clicking the link, they request information that could lead to your account or other information being compromised. 

Phishing emails are increasingly hard to detect. They may appear to be from people or organizations you know and trust. They may even contain information from previous email threads so it appears to be part of a continuing conversation.

Tips:

  • Be suspicious of any emails that urge you to take action and try to create a sense of urgency.
  • Never click on links or open attachments without first making sure the request is authentic.
  • Never call or text a phone number included in a suspicious email, or reply to the sender.
  • You can also hover your mouse over links to determine the full address.

Common types of email attachments seen in phishing campaigns:

  • Malicious files with innocent names, such as “invoice.”
  • Compressed or .zip/.rar files that can fool your anti-virus if it cannot inspect the files.
  • Office products such as Excel and Word can have malicious macros (programs that run inside of programs).
  • PDF files may have a malicious link or a macro embedded.
  • Files that emulate a DVD drive or a USB drive (extension .iso, .ism) can be used to automatically run a script once opened.

If you receive an email that you suspect is not legitimate, please contact the TCC IT Help Desk at 253.460.HELP (4357) or email support@tacomacc.edu.