Phishing is an email fraud method where legitimate-looking emails are sent in an attempt to gather personal and financial information. The messages usually appear to come from well known and trustworthy sources such as, banks, credit card companies, e-mail administrators, etc.

A phishing attempt will ask for personal information or direct you to a website where you will be asked to enter your personal information such as your user name, password, credit card number, PIN number, etc.

Phishing attempts will usually indicate some sort of account cancellation or some other consequence, if you do not deliver the requested information.

Never respond to email requesting personal information. 

Legitimate organizations realize that email is not secure and will never ask for personal information using this method. If there is any doubt about the legitimacy of the email, call the organization directly. Look up the phone number or do a search for the organization's web address. Do not trust any information included in the email.

If you believe you have been the victim of a phishing scheme, contact the business or organization in question as soon as possible and have them assist you in making the necessary changes in your accounts. For assistance please contact the Helpdesk.