Phishing Awareness

Phishing Awareness

Don’t take the bait. Learn to spot a scam.

Email is an essential part or our everyday communications. It is also one of the most common methods that hackers use to attempt to gain access to sensitive information. More than 90% of data breaches start with a phishing attack. Phishing uses fraudulent email messages designed to impersonate a legitimate person or organization and trick the recipient into downloading harmful attachments or divulging sensitive information, such as passwords, bank account numbers, and social security numbers.

Phishing scams can have a number of different goals. They may attempt to:

  • Target your cash and payment card data
  • Gain control of your computer and local network resources
  • Gain access to your District Computer Account and resources

Phishing scams typically attempt to take advantage of you by:

  • Delivering file attachments that can infect your computer with harmful software
  • Enticing you to click on links to websites that infect your computer with harmful software
  • Tricking you into sharing your username and password so hackers can gain access to your network or other sites

You can identify a phishing scam by looking for email messages that:

  • Create a sense of urgency
  • Invoke strong emotions, like greed or fear
  • Request sensitive data
  • Contain links that do not appear to match legitimate resources for the organization that is contacting you

Always remember that legitimate companies and organizations will never ask for passwords, social security numbers, and other sensitive data via email.

Check Your Sender

Most phishing e-mails will have a sender name that doesn't match the address.

  • Verify the sender address
  • May identify as Apple or Google, but when you look at the senders address it will look suspicious
  • Good examples are companies like PayPal and Amazon always send correspondences from "[email protected]" and "" 

Example Phishing Attempt

 ***Note the sender address is NOT CapitalOne***

Reporting a Phishing Scam

Although your first instinct may be to ignore or delete suspicious emails, we recommend that you report them to our team. We will examine the email and, if necessary, advise you of any further steps you may need to take.

To report a phishing scam, forward the phishing email to: Technology Department.  


“Phishing Awareness”
University of Pittsburgh
Accessed 2 May 2019. 



Did you know?

  • laptop computer has a 1-in-10 chance of being stolen.
  • Nearly half of all laptop thefts occur in offices or classrooms.
  • 98% of stolen laptops are never recovered.
  • Laptops have a higher rate of security problems than desktop workstations.

In addition, follow these steps to protect your devices:

  • Physically secure your laptop computer by keeping it in an office that can be locked. Also, use a cable lock to secure it to a desk or heavy object in or outside of the office.
  • Do not store sensitive or confidential data on mobile devices unless you have been authorized to do so.
  • Avoid leaving your mobile devices and media unattended.
  • Always use a password to protect your portable device against unauthorized use.
  • Turn Bluetooth power off by default, and do not let it be set to discoverable.
  • Turn off the radio switch for your laptop's Wi-Fi access when you are not using it.
  • If a portable device is lost or stolen, contact the Technology Department immediately.

“Did you know”
University of Pittsburgh 
Accessed 2 May 2019
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