Phishing & Other Scams

Phishing & Other Scams

How to Spot a Phishing Scam

Did you receive a "phishy" email? Check go.rowan.edu/scams to see if it's a scam we've identified. If not, report it!

The scams (phishing, vishing, etc.) that criminals use in an attempt to steal your personal information are more sophisticated than ever. Cybercriminals have recently targeted Netflix subscribers and Google Docs users in convincing email schemes that mimic the look and feel of legitimate messages from those services.

That’s why it’s more important than ever that Rowan University students and employees know how to spot a potential scam. Here are some quick tips to guide you:

This is an infographic describing how to spot a phishing scam. Tips for Spotting Phishing Scams  From Field: Stop and ask yourself, do I know the sender? Do I normally communicate with the sender? Is the email from a suspicious domain, like microsoft-support.com?  Subject Line: Stop and ask yourself, does the subject line create a sense of urgency? Does the subject line match the content of the email? Would the sender use this subject line? Attachment: Stop and ask yourself, was I expecting to receive an attachment? Do I normally receive attachments from this sender? What type of file is the attachment? Use of Language: Stop and ask yourself, does the email include obvious spelling and grammatical errors? Does the language in the email seem out of the ordinary for the sender? Hyperlinks: Stop and ask yourself, does the text of the link match the link's destination? Does the link include a misspelling or slightly modified version of a known URL? Sense of Urgency: Stop and ask yourself, am I being asked to click a link or open an attachment to avoid a negative consequence or gain something of value?

If you have questions about a "phishy" email, contact us before you click! You can call us at 856-256-4400 or email support@rowan.edu.