The following screen shots are examples of recent phishing email attacks on WVU users. These attacks are particularly hard to recognize when viewed on a smartphone. DO NOT use your phone to send personal information in response to an email that arrives unexpectedly or that you did not initiate!Elements of a phishing attack:
- Does not come from an official WVU source.
- Contains a threat or dire warning of severe consequences if you do not act immediately.
- Contains links to websites that are not official WVU sources.
- Asks for your login credentials (username/password) and/or personal information.
- Has poorly formatted text, official-looking graphics and questionable grammar.
- Has an attachment you are not expecting, such as a pdf, ZIP, or exe file.
- Asks for immediate payment via wire transfer, Western Union, money order, bitcoin, GreenDOT MoneyPak, refillable debit card, or other disposable/non-secure payment method.