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Don't Take the Phishing Bait!

What is phishing?

Phishing (pronounced fishing) is a technique in which scammers try to obtain personal information by creating and sending out e-mail messages that look like legitimate business correspondence. The e-mail messages include stolen logos and mimicked patterns of banks, credit card companies, and brokerage firms. These messages direct you to a fraudulent Web site requesting that you update your personal information. Some of the most recent scams have included Citibank, Washington Mutual, eBay, and PayPal.

The messages often request that you update your information by clicking on a link. Once you go to the bogus site that looks legitimate, you will be asked to enter passwords, credit card, bank, or social security numbers, or other personal information. If you enter this information, scammers will have access to illegally use your account.

Phishing has become one of the Internet's biggest concerns. According to the security experts at RSA (a division of EMC Corporation), phishing attacks increased 19% between June 30, 2011 and June 30, 2012. Through the first half of 2012, there were an average of 32,581 monthly attacks.

How can I prevent being a victim of phishing?

Below are three ways to protect yourself against phishing:

If you have any questions regarding phishing, contact the Help Desk at 215-204-8000.

What do I do if I've been scammed?

If you have been a victim of phishing, you should fill out a police report. If the incident happened on Temple's network, contact the Temple University Campus Safety Services at 215-204-1234 or 1-1234.

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