Only click links and files that you expect, from people you trust
Phishing is a scam in which someone sends you a message trying to get you to open a file, click a link or follow provided instructions. Their goal is to steal your personal information or money or to gain access to the A&M System network. Here are some tips to help you for those that slip through:
Forward phishing emails to your member IT Help Desk
Look for Phishing Attempts
Phishing can come in many different forms, from obvious frauds to sophisticated deceptions, but they share some common characteristics. Before you click a link, consider these questions.
- Did I expect this email?
- Does this make me feel anxious and reactive?
- Is this “normal?” Is this how I normally communicate with this person or organization?
- Is money changing hands in any form?
Read the Website Address Before You Click It
On the Internet, everything is just a click away. Unfortunately, links don’t always go where they look like they should go. When you read the address, you can know the website your browser will visit if you follow the link.
Laptops and Desktops
Hover your mouse over a link without clicking. You will see the address pop up in a box somewhere in the bottom of the window or by pointer, depending on your browser.
Mobile Devices and Tablets
Press a link and hold it until the link appears in a pop up box. In most cases, you will be given the option to follow the link, copy it or open it in a new tab.
Think About the Link
When you click a link, your browser connects to the link’s address. Phishing attacks often use close looking links to trick you. Never trust a misspelled link!
Check Without Clicking – Go to the Source
- Services – if you receive an unexpected email about a lost package, security warning or billing change don’t click the link. Visit the online store or service and if there is an issue, you will see a notification there.
- People – if you receive an out of the ordinary request from someone you know, make sure it is really them. Call them; don’t email them to confirm since their email may be compromised.
- News/Entertainment – if someone sends you a link to the latest viral video or news story, skip clicking the link and use a search engine to find the content.