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Many users receive a variety of unsolicited commercial email (also known as "spam") in their offices or at home. While people don't always like getting spam, much of it has a legitimate business purpose. Unsolicited emails, however, are often the initial means for criminals, such as operators of fraudulent schemes, to contact and solicit prospective victims for money, or to commit identity theft by deceiving them into sharing bank and financial account information.
This is called phishing - the attempt to gain confidential or sensitive information by social engineering via email.
Phishing is an email fraud method in which the perpetrator sends out legitimate-looking email in an attempt to gather personal and financial information from recipients. Typically, the messages appear to come from well known and trustworthy websites. Websites that are frequently spoofed by phishers include PayPal, eBay, MSN, Yahoo, BestBuy, and AOL. A phishing expedition, like the fishing expedition it's named for, is a speculative venture: the phisher puts the lure hoping to fool at least a few of the prey that encounter the bait.
Email Best Practices:
Spotting a malicious email/phishing attempt: Start by heading over to Microsoft - they have good examples of how to spot a phishing email.https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4033787/windows-protect-yourself-from-phishing
Here is an interesting quiz from OpenDNS - it tests your ability to spot a phishing website and at the end will show you the giveaways for each site that is not real.https://www.opendns.com/phishing-quiz/
Here are some more sites that may help you identify phishing attempts with ease.http://www.zonealarm.com/blog/2014/07/7-ways-to-spot-a-phishing-scam/http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10-things/10-tips-for-spotting-a-phishing-email/https://www.tdameritrade.com/security/online-threats/phishing.page
Phishing email. Phishing clues:
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mail.depaul.edu quota before the next 48 hours. If you have not updated your
mail.depaul.edu account in 2013, you must do it now. You can expand to 10GB
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