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Phishing can steal your identity!

"Phishing" scams are the use of fraudulent emails or other solicitations to lure users into sharing personal information that can be used for identity theft or other illegal activities. These messages often ask users to enter their sensitive information at a fake website that purports to belong to a legitimate organization.


SPECIAL ALERT: US-CERT Alerts Users to Holiday Phishing Scams and Malware

Many of these holiday phishing scams have taken the form of fake order confirmations that appear to come from popular companies like Amazon, Target, eBay, and various airlines.

Remember: No legitimate business (WWU, banks, eBay, etc.) will ever contact you and require that you share your personal information (bank numbers/PIN, security questions, passwords, etc.)


If you have any questions about the legitimacy of an email or instant message, please contact the ATUS Help Desk or your technical support staff. If you receive a legitimate looking email that appears to come from a business or financial institution where you are an account holder, use a Web browser to login .

Don't get hooked like a phish! Don't respond to these emails! Delete them!

Browse the Western Phishing Report below to see examples of phishing scams. Many of these are sent from external email addresses, but some may appear to come from an @wwu.edu address. Some may look safe if they appear to have been sent by a coworker, a supervisor or an IT office. However when you move your mouse pointer over the hyperlink in the message (do NOT click the link... just move the pointer over it), you will see that it will take you to a website that is not part of the wwu.edu domain.

Western Phishing Report

Below are recent examples of phishing scams that have been reported to the Help Desk. This list does not include every example of reported phishing, but it does include some of the most frequently reported or most convincing. We have highlighted the most suspicious components in the examples below, but in many cases the copy you receive may have the same text but will come from a different sender. These messages are often riddled with misspelled words and grammatical errors, but some of them are carefully crafted and quite convincing.


October, 2014: WWU ACCOUNT DISABLED

October, 2014: EMAIL SECURITY ALERT


October, 2014: WWU.EDU ACCOUNT


March, 2014: EMAIL QUOTA ALERT