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Phishing Scams and Identity Theft common during the Holiday Season November 20, 2013

Consumers are not the only ones getting ready for the holiday season. Cyber criminals are excited and prepared for the shopping season too.  Whether you are going to shop, book travel arrangements or pay your bills don't let cyber criminals ruin your holiday cheer.  Be cautious and consider the actions you are taking online.

Fraudulent emails adopt many different forms and may appear legitimate by incorporating company brands, colors, or other legal disclaimers from common sites like UPS, Amazon, and Fedex. For more examples, check out the Department of Homeland Security article on seasonal scams.

Before you click, remember:

  • WSU will NEVER ask you to send your AccessID and password in an email message.
  • NEVER share your password with anyone.
  • If you get an unexpected email message suggesting dire consequences unless you click on a link to log in right away, it's probably a phish.

For more tips on how to protect yourself and stay safe online, visit the C&IT Phishing information page. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact the C&IT Help Desk at (313) 577-4778 or helpdesk@wayne.edu.

This entry was posted on November 20, 2013 and is filed under Spam, Phishing, Virus Warnings.