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Don't Fall for the Phishing Bait

Be on the lookout for several phishing scams that have recently been sent via email to Temple community members. One of the messages, claiming to be from the "Temple University Security Team," asks you to click on a fraudulent link to update your e-mail account. Another message states that an "important course form" has been posted on Blackboard and tries to trick you into clicking on a link to sign-in.


Don't fall for this phishing bait. Instead, first check where a link is actually going by hovering 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. Just 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.


If you have any questions, please contact the Help Desk through the TUhelp web site at or call 215-204-8000.


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