Warning about Phishing Emails

There has recently been an increase of phishing emails throughout Stetson’s system. These phishing emails attempt to collect confidential information from our users, typically by sending an e-mail that looks as if it is from a legitimate organization (Stetson in our case) but contains a link to a fake web site that replicates the real one. The data that is collected is then used for illicit purposes.

You may have received emails with the subject, “Notice From Help Desk” or “Important Message from IT”. In the body of the message it suggests you should “log in” and update your personal information for security reasons. Please understand that these messages are phishing attempts and are not legitimately sent by Stetson University’s IT Dept. Please disregard and delete these emails. Do not open them and do not give your personal information.

Here are a few useful hints to help you determine the validity of an email that may be a phishing attempt:

  • Receiving email from a suspicious source (or someone you don’t know).
  • Links in an email that take you to a website with which you have no affiliation.
  • Spoofing popular websites or companies.
  • Not addressing you by name.

As phishing attempts get more sophisticated, links and web pages that impersonate the university sites are getting harder to detect. So as always, we recommend that if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our Help Desk.