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Don’t be a victim: beware of phishing attempts

Update | Thursday, March 3, 2022

The threat of malicious attacks cannot be overstated for any company, college, or individual. Information Security Officer Ben Dalton wants to reiterate that the Columbus State community should always beware of scammers, particularly those who try to reach their victims via phone calls, text messages, and emails. (Read more on how to protect yourself.)

Phishing is an attempt to steal your personal information, usually through a fraudulent email message, text message, or phone call. Criminals often pose as a trusted representative and ask for information that will allow them to steal money or the victim’s identity or hack into the person’s computer.

Protect yourself from phishing by identifying these common red flags:

1. Deceptive email address – The message appears to be from a person you know.  Review the “reply to” address.

2. Emails flagged [EXTERNAL] – These are emails originating outside the College, use caution when opening and responding.

3. Requests: Are You Available? - The sender claims to be in a meeting and needs your help. They may ask for your cell phone number.

4. Gift card scams - The sender asks you to purchase and send a gift card. Never send out gift cards

5. Requests to change payroll information - The sender claims to be an employee and requests updates to their direct deposit information.

6. Creates a sense of urgency - Claims that your account will be closed or requests immediate action.

Visit our website for additional information on IT Security Best Practices and Phishing.

If you get a suspicious email, report it. Email, or call the IT Support Center at 614-287-5050.


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