What Is It?

The fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from legitimate companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information or otherwise compromise their accounts or computers.

How do I report phishing

I.T. should be informed of phishing emails so we can post an alert.

How Can I Protect Myself?

  • Submit any suspicious emails.
  • Keep your anti-virus software up-to-date and enabled
  • Be suspicious of email messages from sources (people) that you do not know or recognize.
  • Ensure the email address is not an impostor. Before responding look at the email address, not just the name of the person sending the email.
  • NEVER respond to any email messages asking you to click a web link to raise your email quota(our email system will NEVER send you a request asking you to do that).
  • NEVER respond (reply) to any email messages with confidential information (Social Security number, Credit Card numbers, account Passwords).
  • If you accidentally responded to a phishing message, please contact the Information Technology Help Desk for additional advice.
  • Montana Tech will never send you an email containing a link asking you to click on it in order to update your credentials.
  • Use different passwords for every service. This can help limit the damage that can be caused if your password is stolen.
  • Use two-factor authentication where available.

How Can I Tell If A Message Is Phishy?

  • Does the email contain a hyperlink or URL? Is it mismatched? Does it try to fool you by looking like a safe URL but really it is directing you to a bad site? To check this, hover your mouse over the hyperlink and see where the link is really going to take you.
  • Does the message contain poor spelling or grammar?
  • Does the message ask for personal information?
  • Is it too good to be true?
  • Did you initiate the action?
  • Are you asked to send money?
  • Does the message make unrealistic threats?
  • Does it appear to be from a government agency?
  • Does it just not look right?

If you get a message like any of the examples below, please do not respond.

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Additional Information

An article about phishing.


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