Don’t get hooked by a phishing scam!

Author: Carol C. Bradley


Don’t be that guy!

You know, the one who keeps falling for email phishing scams.

We thought most people on campus had gotten the message, but the number of those with addresses (including faculty, staff and students) that have been compromised and used to send spam is five to 10 times higher than last year!

When your account is phished, within a few minutes hundreds of spam emails can go out under your name. When detected, Google, Yahoo, Hotmail and other service providers blackball all email from the domain—a hold that can last a day, two days or longer. But the issue goes beyond email: If you fall for a scam and type in your netID and password, you’ve just given criminals access to your inbox. They can change your password and lock you out of your own account, read and reply to your messages, or (as actually happened in more than one case) delete all the email in your inbox.

Scams have gotten more sophisticated—the message may seem to have come from a address, or may contain University logos—so it’s something everyone needs to be aware of.

Remember: The University will NEVER ask for your NetID and password, for any reason. Neither will any other legitimate source.

If you realize you’ve been fooled and reply to an email with your NetID and password, go to and change your password immediately.

If the Office of Information Technologies receives a report that your account has been compromised, all access will be blocked, and you’ll be required to visit the OIT Help Desk to change your password and request that access be restored. For more information, including tips on how to recognize a scam, visit