11:33 a.m., Nov. 2, 2009----University of Delaware IT warns the campus community that a number of “phishing” scams in which e-mail users are being asked to provide their user name and password have targeted University e-mail users.
IT reminds you that the University of Delaware will never ask anyone to submit actual account information via e-mail.
Phishing is a term used to describe fraudulent e-mail or Web sites that imitate e-mail from or the Web sites of legitimate companies and organizations in order to harvest:
-- Social Security numbers;
-- Credit card numbers; or
-- Bank account numbers.
Whenever you see an e-mail message asking for this information or asking you to click a suspicious link to a Web URL, delete that message.
The phishing scams seen at UD this week, purport to come from an official UD address and ask for personal information (e-mail address and password) by return e-mail or ask you to click on a non-udel.edu Web link that will either introduce malware to your computer or attempt to harvest personal information.
If you have any questions, contact the IT Help Center at [firstname.lastname@example.org].
For further information:
IT Help Center's Phishing Alert Web page
IT Help Center's Security News and Alerts Web page
UD's Protect Your Identity Web page (from National Cyber Security Awareness month; includes a short video about avoiding phishing scams)