Phishing and Email Spam Alerts

What is E-mail Spam and Phishing?

E-mail spam, technically speaking, is any unsolicited e-mail, often of a commercial nature, sent indiscriminately to multiple mailing lists, individuals, or newsgroups; junk e-mail. More practically, spam is any marketing, deceptive or abusive use of email that the recipient does not with to receive. 

Fun fact: The term spam is derived from a famous Monty Python sketch in which there are many repetitive iterations of the Hormel canned meat product. While the term spam was reportedly first used to refer to unwanted email as early as 1978, it gained more widespread currency in the early 1990s, as internet access became more common outside of academic and research circles.

Phishing, also known as “brand spoofing” or “carding”, is a term used to describe various scams that use (primarily) fraudulent e-mail messages, sent by criminals, to trick you into divulging personal information. The criminals use this information to steal your identity, rob your bank account, or take over your computer. Counterfeit web sites, using “hijacked” company brands and logos, are created to lure you into revealing information you would not want to be public knowledge. These digital thugs are “phishing” for any data they can obtain to prey on people and further their criminal activities.

ITS provides this website to help PTS users identify illegitimate messages. The emails listed below are actual messages that are currently, or were previously, circulated on our campus.

If you have any questions related to the legitimacy of an e-mail message that you have received, please contact the ITS Help Desk at help.desk@ptsem.edu or call them at 609.497.7812.


If you have any questions related to the legitimacy of an e-mail message that you have received, please contact the ITS Help Desk at help.desk@ptsem.edu or call them at 609.497.7812.


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February 2, 2017

From: Friedrich, Michael Brian - friedrmb [mailto:friedrmb@dukes.jmu.edu] 
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2017 10:54 AM
To: Fitbit
Subject: RE: Admin Support

 

Dear Customer/User,

 

You will not be able to send/receive more emails until you visit the below helpdesk portal link to restore/confirm your email access.

 

CLICK  HERE

 

System Administrator
201.286.2331


 


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