Do You Know How to Recognize a Phishing Scam?

Posted on Friday, June 23rd, 2017

The online safety and security of the U of G community is a top priority. One of the most common methods for cyber criminals to access your personal information is through phishing email scams, where they attempt to lure you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment, try to convince you to share your identity information (e.g. passwords), or try to infect your system with malware.

While Computing and Communication Services (CCS) - the central IT organization on campus - blocks a large number of phishing attempts targeting the University, U of G users still remain vulnerable to new and emerging scams that come out every day.

How to recognize a phishing attempt:

  • Spelling and grammar errors evident in email
  • Urgent requests for personal information with severe/unrealistic consequences for inaction
  • Offers that seem too good to be true
  • Lack of integrity in embedded URLs (hover over an embedded URL to ensure the hyperlink matches)
  • Unexpected attachments in email
  • The sender email does not match the organization it claims to be sent from (i.e. your bank would never send an email from a Gmail account)

What to do if you suspect a phishing attempt:

  • Do not respond or open any links in the email until you have confirmed it is safe.
  • Never give your password to anyone. U of G will NEVER ask for your password or login information.
  • Check our Recent Scams and Phishing Attempts page, if the scam is listed here, delete the email.
  • Follow CCS on Twitter (@uofgccs) to receive up-to-date phishing scam alerts, along with other IT security alerts and tech information.
  • If you receive a phishing attempt which is not listed on the CCS website or Twitter feed, please forward it to the CCS Help Centre at 
  • Report security incidents to the CCS Information Security team via our website

You can read more about how to recognize phishing attempts  or test your knowledge by taking this quick online phishing quiz.

Be aware and be safe!

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