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Top 3 email scam tricks

Friday, August 30, 2013
Sean O'Malley  

Don't get fooled by phishing e-mail scamsDon't let an email fool you into giving away your OHIO password. Look for these common tricks the next time you receive a phishy message:

1. Username & password requests

Asking you to reply with your username and password is a dead giveaway. Never email your credentials to someone. Likewise, don't give your password out to someone who calls you on the phone.

2. Bogus login links

Be suspicious of links inside an email that point directly to a login page. These can easily be faked. When in doubt, check with the office or individual that sent you the request to make sure it is legitimate before you follow the link. The same goes for web forms - don't enter your password into an unsolicited form.

3. Carrots and sticks: Call before you click!

Scammers often use promises or threats to make you reveal your password. Increased quotas and deactivated accounts are two of the most popular. If an email asks you to provide your username and password to receive a benefit or avoid a problem, it's probably a scam. When in doubt, call the sender to confirm.

What to do

If you receive a phishing scam, do not respond. Just delete it and/or flag it as spam.

If you do fall for a scam, change your password immediately. Then call the OIT Service Desk at 740-593-1222 to let them know what happened.


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