As incidents of email phishing increase, we can all play an important role to prevent malicious attempts. Learn to recognize and report suspicious or malicious emails, text message, or phone calls with these best practices. Together we can help protect the security of your personal accounts as well as confidential college data.
CURRENT PHISHING ATTEMPTS RELATED TO COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
- Phone calls, text messages and emails related to government stimulus checks to ask for personal information, including bank routing and account numbers or account information from money transfer apps, such as PayPal. The federal government will not ask for this information over the phone, through email or text messaging.
- Fake Davidson or CDC emails could make you think you or your child has been exposed to COVID-19. They could say your family may face quarantine.
- False claims that there's a vaccine for sale or some form of remedy available.
- Misleading ads about masks that may not be effective or other helpful hints to combat the virus.
- Emails with “latest” update to keep you informed as criminals are aware that everyone wants to know everything first.
- Fake Coronavirus maps, purportedly from Johns Hopkins University showing where the latest outbreaks are occurring.
Never Provide Personal Information
Never provide personally identifiable information, such as passwords, credit card account numbers, social security numbers, usernames, banking account information, or any other confidential information through email.
Be aware and take the time to recognize phishing emails
Messages with suspicious, misspelled or contain grammatical errors, or that reference generic departments like "support" may be scam emails. Pay attention to generic or unusual greetings email signatures, especially those attempting to pose as one of your known contacts.
Never reply to unsolicited emails, text messages or phone call
Messages that ask for personal information including account name, passwords, social security numbers, or credit card information should not be trusted. Davidson College will never ask you for this information over email or text messaging.
Never purchase gift cards on request from an unsolicited email, text message or phone call
Messages that ask you to purchase gift cards should not be trusted. Davidson College will never ask you for this information over email or text messaging.
Do not click links or open attachments
If you suspect or are uncertain about an email that contains links or one or more attachments, forward the email to T&I and our security team will take a closer look.
Keep your software up to date
Keep your devices updated and use antivirus software.
Report it If you are unsure or have concerns about the legitimacy of an email, forward it to email@example.com.
Review the Social Engineering Red Flags document which details email components and things to look for in a phishing attempt.