What is phishing?
Phishing is an online scam involving carefully crafted emails with a link that appear to be from a trusted source, but are not. Sophisticated phishing attempts use a bank, credit card company, department store, or even the University. By clicking a phishing scam link, you may compromise your Villanova Account and the Villanova Network, and allow viruses/malware to infect your computer.
Phishing messages do not ask for you to respond with your information by email. Instead these messages have links that look like they will send you to a legitimate site, but instead send you to a copy designed to steal your personal information. To be safe do not click on links in the email; visit websites by typing the web address directly into your browser's address bar.
If a message sounds suspicious or too good to be true, it is most likely an attack. Simply delete the message. To protect yourself, keep the following in mind:
- If you are suspicious about a message from someone you know call the person to verify if it was truly them that sent it.
- Be suspicious of any email directed to “Dear Customer” or some other generic salutation.
- Be skeptical of any message that requires “immediate action,”
- Be suspicious of messages that have grammar or spelling mistakes.
- Before you click on a link “hover” your mouse over it. This will display the true destination of where you would go and is often an illegitimate website.
It is important that you learn to spot phishing attempts - no matter what they look like - to protect yourself and your personal information.
UNIT will post any known phishing campaigns to this site as a reminder of any ongoing or known attempts at phishing. Please reference our User Awareness campaign to access helpful videos and tips to prevent from being victim to Phishing and other cyber related threats.