Phishing is the term used to describe the methods employed by fraudsters to steal personal information such as passwords, usernames, bank account information, and credit card numbers by masquerading as a trusted source.
Although the district uses spam filters to curb unwanted email messages, it is impossible to block all potential phishing scams.
With that in mind, here are some things to be aware of:
Spelling and bad grammar – Phishers are notorious for poor spelling and grammar. If you notice any writing mistakes in an email, it may be a scam.
Email links – Phishing scams often involve persuading you to click a link that appears to lead to a trusted website. Instead, the link opens a file that spreads malware, spyware or viruses.
Threats – Phishers tend to use threatening or coercive language to lure victims into clicking links or divulge personal information. Also, if you receive a plea for money from someone you’ve never met, chances are it’s a scam.
Acting as a legitimate organization – What better way to fool people than to make them think you’re part of a reputable organization? Credible establishments generally don’t send out unsolicited emails, and they most certainly don’t ask for sensitive information out of the blue.
As with all matters related to personal security, be vigilant at all times.