Students Staff

September 1, 2017

Spam and phishing emails – please be vigilant

Filed under: Email, Security — Dan Jolly @ 5:02 pm

We are currently receiving a number of spam and phishing emails.

The most recent phishing attempt is an email pretending to be the Student Loans Company which asks you to update your student finance login security details.

This is a reminder to all staff and students to be vigilant when dealing with suspicious emails.

Before acting, always check for the following:

  1. Does the email use your name? Phishing emails typically use terms like ‘Dear Customer’ or ‘Dear Student’ as they do not have your personal details.
  2. Does the subject start with {?SPAM?}. If it does, this means our spam detector has found something in the email that could be suspicious.
  3. Does the link look suspicious? Phishers often mask links to make them appear genuine. If you’re asked to click a link to a website, hover your mouse over the link to see where it’s really linked to. If it doesn’t match the link in the email, or if it looks suspicious, don’t click it.

If you think you’ve received a phishing email, stay calm. Don’t reply to it, just delete it. There’s no risk in simply receiving a phishing email.

You can report it by forwarding it to phishing@essex.ac.uk – this will help to stop others receiving it.

See our Email phishing scams – don’t get hooked blog for more information and tips on how to spot a scam.

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