Be vigilant! Increase in ‘phishing emails’ prompts warning

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Over the last few weeks, the IT team have notice an increase in ‘phishing’ emails and are asking staff to remain vigilant.

Phishing emails are sent by fraudsters who masquerade as someone trusted (such as your banks) to gain information from you. This can include bank details, a username or a password.

These emails can look like the real deal, an email you would typically expect to see.

There is currently a known phishing email in circulation. The fraudsters are claiming to be from the ‘ICT Service Desk’ asking you to upgrade your email Outlook.

If you respond to a phishing attempt or click on a link in the email, your accounts could be compromised and the fraudster could use it to send thousands more spam emails to other email users.

Here are some simple measures to make sure you don’t get caught out:

  • You will never be asked for your password by a genuine company or organisation so don’t reveal it to anyone verbally, via email or by entering it onto any other website than the official trusted sites.
  • Never click on a link or open an attachment sent to you from an untrusted source - if you receive an email containing links or attachments you’re unsure of, delete it. Check the email address the message has come from; all internal emails will have the extension
  • You can also prevent any further emails from that email address by adding the sender to your junk email list. Simply right click on the email and select ‘junk’ then ‘block sender’.

If you have any doubt about an email you have received, please contact the IT Service Desk.

Published 23rd February, 2017

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