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You are here: Ohio University :: Technology :: News :: 2008 :: Email scams get smarter
Email scams get smarter - imitate OHIO's webmail login screen
May 20, 2008
by Sean O'Malley
Email scammers targeting OHIO students, faculty and staff have taken their tactics to a new level in recent days, using counterfeit web links in an effort to fool recipients into disclosing their usernames and passwords.  To lend an added air of authenticity, some of the messages even include warnings never to email your username and password to anyone.
These latest scams ask the recipient to log into Webmail via a link included in the message body.  This link actually points to a counterfeit site that harvests the user's login and password.
OIT will never ask you to click a link from within an email message.  If we do need you to visit a web page, we will provide instructions on how to reach that page from the OHIO front door website.

As a general rule of thumb, if you wish to follow a link in an email message, you should open a browser and type the link directly into the browser rather than clicking the link from within your email program.

Learn more
Phishing on the rise at Ohio University
Watch out for email scams
Avoid a blocked account - don't respond to scams
OnGuard Online (this link takes you outside the OHIO website)
FTC identity theft info (this link takes you outside the OHIO website)
ID theft clearinghouse (this link takes you outside the OHIO website)
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