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Protect yourself from increasingly sophisticated phishing scams

Phishing continues to be a pervasive problem, baiting universities, corporations, and individuals with increasingly sophisticated scams.

Even savvy users can struggle to distinguish legitimate emails from dangerous scams, but these quick tips can help you protect yourself and Rutgers:

  1. Never open emails or click on email links from unknown senders.
  2. Hover over any links in emails with your mouse to see if you are being redirected outside of the university domain ( If so, DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK, especially if you have not verified the source of the email.
  3. Never provide your credentials (NetID or password) to any source via email. Genuine university staffers will NEVER ask for your password. NEVER.
  4. Report any suspected phishing scams to If you believe your account has been compromised and need assistance, contact the Office of Information Help Desk for assistance.

How can you spot a phishing scam? Here are some telltale signs:
Example of phishing email

Remember: If in doubt, verify before you click!

Want more information about cybersecurity?
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