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What is Phishing?

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:



What to Do With a Phishing Email

Examples of Phishing Emails

Current Phishing Alerts

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