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Phishing Attempts On the Rise at USD

Over the past month, there have been multiple phishing emails sent to USD faculty, staff, and students in attempts to gain access to USD's systems. Be smart and familiarize yourself with safe computing practices! Please read the information below, and click here for more information as well as real examples of phishing emails.

What is Phishing?

Phishing is an attempt to obtain personal and/or financial information from an individual through the use of e-mail links or pop-up boxes. These methods are often designed to look like they come from an "official" source in an attempt to trick the individual into providing sensitive data.

What should I know?

A legitimate institution will never ask you for any of the following information through any form of electronic communication:

  • your MySanDiego username and password,
  • your e-mail address and password,
  • your computer password,
  • your Social Security Number,
  • your mother's maiden name,
  • your bank account information, or
  • your bank PIN code.

Signs You May Have Received a Phishing Email:

  • Unofficial "From" email address
  • Urgent action required - examples: "Your account be locked out if you don't update your password", "Your account needs attention", "Your account has been compromised" 
  • Generic greeting - examples: "Dear member, Dear Customer.
  • Link to Fake website - always hover over the link to see the actual website address. (see video below for more examples)
  • Legitimate links mixed with fake links - examples: university.sandiego.edu is a fake link vs. the legit link sandiego.edu