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Watch out for e-mail scams
Messages often masquerade as coming from official sources
February 11, 2010
By Sean O'Malley
Don't let an e-mail fool you into giving away personal information like your Oak password.  Be especially wary of messages asking you to 'confirm' your account information.  With the university preparing to move to a new e-mail system in the coming months, scammers may target messages at the university community that mention this transition in an attempt to fool recipients into responding.
If you do receive an unsolicited message talking about e-mail changes that appears to come from OIT or the Service Desk, keep the following in mind:
  • We will never ask you to email your password or other personal information to us.
  • We will never ask you to open an attachment. 
  • If we need you to visit a secure link, that link will not be clickable inside the message.  Instead, we will include instructions on how to reach that link from the OHIO front door website.
Scam artists often try to trick their victims into revealing passwords or other sensitive information by sending e-mail that appears to come from an official source like a bank, eBay, or even the OIT Service Desk.  These messages can be quite clever, even using 'real' links to official web pages to allay suspicion. 
To report suspicious online activity, you can call the OIT Security Hotline at 740-566-SAFE or send e-mail to security@ohio.edu.
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