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REMINDER: Exercise Caution with Email Phishing Scams
Phishing scams are not uncommon on campus. Here is a list of the most recent ones we've seen:
As always, you are asked to exercise extreme caution when dealing with emails from unfamiliar senders or with suspicious content.
Aside from the inconvenience of having your inbox fill with spam, falling victim to a phishing scam can have serious consequences including:
The process of recovering from a phishing attack and regaining access to your email can be a significant disruption that includes:
It's natural to want to find who hacked your email and why. Begin by recovering your account and securing it. But then, just let it go. There's almost nothing you or I as individuals can do to find out who hacked you.
To recover your account once you've been deceived by a suspicious message such as a hoax, phish, scam, hijack, or spoof, just change your password by clicking the "Change password" link below the Login button on any BYUI Login page. For more information about each type of hack, read on:
Phishing: Pronounced "fishing," is an attempt to trick you, by impersonating someone you trust. More specifically, it's the act of sending an e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft.
Hoax: An untrue, invalid, or outdated email message written to convince the recipient to send the message to others.
Scam: A scheme designed to defraud an individual or corporation. The agents typically promise a large return with little or no risk involved.
Spoofing: To make a transmission appear to come from a user other than the user who performed the action.