Spam e-mail messages have become more sophisticated with time, so users have to be more careful about the e-mails they receive. The image below is one of the latest phishing attempts received by several faculty and staff on campus.
Phishing is a type of spam e-mail whose purpose is to acquire sensitive information from users. When the user clicks a link, malware may be attached to the user’s machine, or the spammer acquires sensitive information to use for malicious purposes.
Even though such messages look legitimate, there are a few basic things you can check before clicking on any link in the e-mail. Check that the e-mail address of the sender is an FAU address and verify if that address matches the sender’s signature. Look for factual and logical errors, awkward writing and typos, or anything in the message that sounds suspicious or does not make sense.
Remember that an FAU employee will NEVER ask you for your password. If you receive an e-mail that appears to come from FAU asking you to verify your account information or for your password, do NOT follow the links in the e-mail or respond. If you are ever in doubt as to the legitimacy of any e-mail that appears to come from FAU, please do not hesitate to call the FAU support desk at 561-297-3999 for assistance.