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Posted: Monday, October 12, 2020

Information Security: Phishing on Campus

This is a friendly reminder that phishing is still alive and trending worldwide. Last week one of our own administrators was spoofed. The spoofer used the administrator’s identity to phish others on campus. You may be surprised to know that this happens often. It’s not the user’s fault. It’s fairly easy for someone to create a fake e-mail account using parts of someone’s name, and then use it to phish others. It's a popular method.

Below are the basic rules to follow when reading and responding to e-mail:

  • Always stop and think before you respond.
  • Look at the actual e-mail address of the sender and see if it is really a Buffalo State address.
  • While the skills of criminals are improving, look for misspellings and poor grammar.
  • Never click on a link in an e-mail unless you are sure it is legitimate. You can check by hovering your cursor over the link (without clicking) to see the actual URL.

When you spot a phishing scam in your e-mail, please report it by forwarding it to the IT Help Desk.


Service ticket: Report Suspicious E-mail

Knowledge Base articles:
How Can I Tell If an E-mail I Receive Is Legitimate, or Part of a Phishing Scam?
Safe Computing Best Practices

Submitted by: Melissa J. Miszkiewicz
Also appeared:
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Wednesday, October 14, 2020