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Phishing Examples

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:
  1. Does not come from an official WVU source.
  2. Contains a threat or dire warning of severe consequences if you do not act immediately.
  3. Contains links to websites that are not official WVU sources.
  4. Asks for your login credentials (username/password) and/or personal information.
  5. Has poorly formatted text, official-looking graphics and questionable grammar.
  6. Has an attachment you are not expecting, such as a pdf, ZIP, or exe file.
  7. Asks for immediate payment via wire transfer, Western Union, money order, bitcoin, GreenDOT MoneyPak, refillable debit card, or other disposable/non-secure payment method.
REMEMBER: Official WVU emails will NEVER request your password or personal information like Social Security Numbers. WVU Service Desk personnel will NEVER ask for your password. 

Some fraudsters will even go to lengths to impersonate your supervisor and ask for money!

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 Phishing email example that showed it was sent from WVU Libraries.   

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