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March 13, 2014 Volume 35, No. 23

Phishing email scams

Watch out for phishing email or pop-up message scams. 

These messages claim to be a business or organization that you might deal with regularly, such as a bank, online service provider or even be a message purporting to be from an organization within MU. 

Last week, some employees received a phony email asking them to supply information so their email was not deactivated. 

Mitch Rackers, in the MU Division of Information Technology, offered some tips to spot phishing:

  • Links that don’t send you to a or site, or the site that they claim to be representing.
  • Requests that don’t make sense, such as, “Your account is overquota. Click here to reactivate it.” If it was full, shouldn’t I just delete some content?
  • Emails that ask you to reply to a nonuniversity email address.
  • Requests for sensitive personal information or passwords.
  • Poor grammar.

Questionable emails can be reported to