Phishing and Spam Emails – Don’t be caught out

phishingScammers are constantly coming up with new tricks:
Don’t be caught out!

We have seen an increase in the number of phishing and scam emails being blocked by our systems. As advanced as our systems are, it is still possible that such emails can slip through the net and reach our users. It is important to be cautious not just with work related emails but also with your personal emails to avoid being scammed.

A new form of phishing email that we are seeing a rise of recently are emails with attachments which are infected with malicious software (also known as malware). These attachments, when opened, will either cause damage to your machine or steal details which could be used for identity fraud.

Staff are advised to be aware of scam/phishing emails in circulation.  If you receive any emails asking you to reply with your login details or verify your account online, please call the ITS Helpdesk before taking any action on the email. Scam/phishing emails can appear to originate from the School, however the sender’s email address is usually an external/non-LSHTM email address.  You should always check who sent the email before opening any links or attachments.  If you are unsure of the email, please contact the ITS Helpdesk first.

Stop, think, check!

This website contains some useful tips on staying safe online which we encourage you to read. Remember, you are not only at risk of phishing while at work but also via your personal email account so be alert:

http://www.staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/keep-a-clean-machine/spam-and-phishing

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