New and Changing: Updates from AIT

Posted October 27, 2017 by Academic and Institutional Technology
Tags: Phishing Attempts

Phishing Alert | kindly review and revert back immediately

Effective Date: October 27, 2017

Some employees and students recently received an email prompting them to follow a hyperlink for an unspecified reference document.

This email is a phishing attempt. Do not click the link. Thank you to all who reported this scam.

If you responded to this scam, please contact us at 630.752.4357 (HELP).

How to Spot a Phishing Attempt

A screenshot of a phishing attemptThe image above is a screenshot of this phishing attempt. Several things indicate that this email is not what it claims to be: 

  1. The subject line is all lower case. While subject lines like this don't always indicate a phishing attempt, it's still a sign to be more cautious than usual.
  2. The body of the email is extremely vague, which is often an indication of a phishing attempt.
  3. Check to see if the URL matches the supposed sender. You can often hover over links to see the URL.The email claims to be from a company called CosmeSurge, but the link directs people to an unrelated site.
  4. The contact information points people to a cosmetics company overseas. While this does not always indicate a phishing attempt, it's still a sign to be more cautious than usual.

Always exercise caution when responding to emails. If you're not sure whether an email is a phishing attempt or not, contact the AIT Service Desk by email or call 630.752.4357 (HELP).