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Scam Of The Week: Watch Out for Fear Tactics in Phishing Emails

The bad guys are pushing phishing emails lately which use fear or blackmail tactics to attempt to extort funds and/or sensitive information.

They have no problem making false claims that they have “gained access” to your private photos, conversations, browsing history, and contact lists, therefore providing ample ammo by which to expose you.

Some even threaten physical harm. These cybercriminals may urgently demand sums of Bitcoin as the only way to avoid humiliation or harm.

If you receive threatening emails demanding Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies, do not click on any links, download any attachments, or reply to these criminals. Contact your manager or IT team immediately for help. Do not fall victim to their demands.

Always remember: “When in doubt, throw it out!”

Think Before You Click!

Stop Look Think – Don’t be fooled.

Questions or comments, contact I.T. at support@stetson.edu or 386-822-7217.

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