Phishing is a form of theft where someone attempts to steal your sensitive personal information by masquerading as a trustworthy party in an electronic communication (usually by email). Phishing messages are designed to confuse you and make it look like they are coming from trusted business, banks, government agencies or even from within the University of Manitoba.
Falling victim to a phishing message could leave you vulnerable to identity theft and severe financial losses. Read the latest U of M Today article on protecting yourself against Phishing Attacks
The best way to protect yourself is to learn how to recognize them. Most phishing messages usually share some common traits. Learn how to spot them:
1. Phishing attempts tend to immediately try to bring out an emotional reaction in you like greed, curiosity and fear and will often sound urgent
2. Odd tone, bad grammar and spelling or unfamiliar email signatures or sender addresses are tell-tale signs of phishing emails
3. Beware of the phishing email elements like attachments or links to unfamiliar log-in pages
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We employ an email security solution called Ironport but no spam or email filter is perfect so we advise that everyone should be aware of best practices and remain vigilant when opening email from unfamiliar sources and clicking suspect links