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Tips to avoid phishing and identity theft

The following email was sent to the university community on Feb. 14, 2019.

Members of the Rutgers Community:

Did you know that one click in the wrong email message can disable your computer or cause personal financial harm? Fraudulent phishing email messages will try to trick you into providing personal information to gain access to your accounts. Don’t fall for it! Follow these tips to avoid phishing and identity theft.

Never share your password in an email!
If you think someone from Rutgers is asking for your password in an email, don’t believe it. Rutgers will NEVER request your password or personal credentials via email. 

Be on the lookout for suspicious emails.
Phishing emails often look legitimate, mimicking the appearance of a message from Rutgers, a well-known company, or even a friend or colleague. How do you detect a fake? Phishing emails ask for personal information, such as your password, social security number, or banking information. Be suspicious—very suspicious!—of any emails asking you to provide personal information.  

Follow these tips to avoid falling for a phishing scam:

  • An email that says it’s URGENT or that immediate action is needed may be a hoax. 
  • A tell-tale sign of phishing is a message claiming your account has been compromised or is in danger of being closed.
  • Don’t click on a link or open an attachment from an unknown sender (or in any email you suspect may be a phishing attempt). 

Report suspicious emails ASAP!
If you have any concerns about the validity of an email you receive, please report them to your local Office of Information Technology Help Desk.

Enroll in two-step login (Duo).
Two-step login, also known as two-factor authentication, adds an extra layer of security to your Rutgers account, beyond a password. It only takes a few minutes to sign up and secure your information! Learn more.

Thank you,
Office of Information Technology Help Desk 

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