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Don't Fall for the Phishing Website Detour

A few days ago, a Temple account holder was encouraged in an email to go to to download a resource. Did you notice right away that the address is a fraudulent website and not the official address?


Phishing scammers rely on old fashioned trickery, such as referencing a link that resembles a legitimate link but is actually slightly different. Another tactic is to display a link that appears 100% correct, but redirects you to a fraudulent website.


To check where a link is actually going, don't click but hover over it with your mouse. In most cases, the actual web address will appear, usually at the bottom left corner of your mail / web browser window. In Outlook, the address appears as a pop-up. If the address seems suspicious, don't click on the link. Instead, delete the mail message or close the website window.


In your travels on the web and in email, a healthy case of skepticism is always advisable. If you receive an email that seems suspicious, check any links before you click on them. It's also good to know the actual web addresses of important sites that you visit. This way, you can always type in the address to go directly to the site instead of clicking on a link. This method gives you the most control.


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