Phishing emails may appear to look official but contain poorly formatted text and
The following screen shots are examples of 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 WVU 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.