Computing & Information Services
Don't take the bait! This page shows example email threats, such as phishing scams, that you should avoid. Phishers are fishing for your personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers. Never provide this information by replying or following links in the email. Under no circumstances will CUS or other members of the CIS department ask for your password. If in doubt about the legitimacy of an email, contact CUS. To learn how to keep yourself protected, visit our phishing page.
To report a phishing scam you receive, email it (with full headers) to email@example.com.
Missed Package Delivery - Posted
Many Reedies are receiving the following email and wondering if it is legit. The red flag is the web address. If you hover your mouse over the URL (but don't click on it!), you will see it is redirecting to a bogus website.
From: US Postal Service <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Missed Package delivery
Notice of Tax Return for Year 2012 - Posted
It's tax season and the phishers are trying to take more of your money! Do not be fooled and don't click on the link in the message.
Your Order - Approved - Posted
Be suspicious if you receive an email about an airline ticket you didn't purchase. Various forms of this email will use other airlines. Don't click on the links in the message!
Subject: Your Order#846280172 - APPROVED
From: Delta Airlines
Your credit card has been successfully processed.
FLIGHT NUMBER DT846280172US
DATE & TIME / APR 14, 2013, 12:45 AM
ARRIVING / Washington
TOTAL PRICE / 501.33 USD
Please download and print your ticket from the following URL :
For more information regarding your order, contact us by
[Info] Important Email Migration? - Posted
Though Reed is migrating email to Gmail, the message below is just phishing for your information. Do not click on the link in the message!
Subject: [Info] Important Email Migration?
From: Admin announcement
Migration to the new email server has commenced, you are required to validate your webmail account here <http://skyviperpc.com/images/...> for upgrade to take effect.
Users who do not upgrade there account may loose important data information in there mailbox. Please click here <http://skyviperpc.com/images/...> to update details.
Breaking News - Posted
If you receive the following email, don't be fooled into clicking on the link and filling out the requested information! It's just a ploy from phishers who want your username and password.
Subject: Breaking News
Dear Email user,
We have upgraded our server to more secured version.This is to protect and prevent unauthorized access to your email account.You are require to upgrade your account to secured version by Clicking here or on the secure link below
The personal information requested is for the safety of your account. Please leave all information requested to avoid account deactivation.
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