Many colleges and universities have been the target of email phishing scams (active) which attempt to trick students, faculty and staff into giving away personal information that can be used to access email and personal bank accounts. These scams typically contain sensitive email subjects and may ask you to reply to the message via email or phone with some of the following information:
- Account number
- Birth date
- Credit card expiration date
- Credit card pin
It is a good practice to remember that email is an insecure form of communication. Email systems cannot verify that the sender in the "From:" line is the actual sender of a message. Unless you are expecting a message from a sender, you should be aware of the insecurities that exist regarding incoming emails.
When in doubt, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the help desk at 315-443-4490.
Central Security Team can also be reached via ITsecurity@listserv.syr.edu or call 315-443-2677.