Phishing is a fraudulent attempt, usually made through email, to steal your personal information. Phishing emails may appear to come from UVA (and may even have a return UVA email address). They may ask for personal information such as your UVA Computing ID & password, birthdate, Social Security number, credit card numbers and/or bank account information
Phishing emails may also ask you to click on a link that takes you to a site where your personal information is requested. For example, in our latest phishing email simulation, the email had a link that took you to a website to login with your UVA credentials. To protect yourself and the UVA community, always remember:
- Hover over links and verify the URL before clicking on them.
- Double check the URL in your browser before entering information.
- When in doubt, stop and ask.
- Forward suspicious messages to [email protected].
The best way to protect yourself from phishing is to learn how to recognize it.
Watch this 2-minute video about Phishing: