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Phishing Emails Continue
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A new phishing email appearing to be from the University of Houston and requesting personal information (including username and password) has appeared on campus. An email message allegedly from "University of Houston Webmail Support [email@example.com]" with a Subject of "VERIFY YOUR WEBMAIL ACCOUNT" includes a request for personal information (including username and password).
This is not a legitimate message from UH.
The University of Houston does not ask for personal information (passwords, Social Security numbers, birth dates, etc.) in email messages.
Phishing messages often appear to come from trusted sources, induce victims to visit illegitimate web sites, open attachments, or as in the case of this current scam, simply have persons respond with the information requested. Phishers can then install viruses, steal computer files and personal information, which can lead to identity theft.
Help Protect Yourself with Best Practices
Here are four best practices that will help protect you and your computers:
- Be wary of suspicious email messages and other electronic communications from sources you do not know or recognize.
- Use the latest versions of your operating system (OS) and applications.
- Have the latest security software updates (patches) installed. This includes patches for your OS and applications.
- Keep your anti-virus software up to date.
To report spam or suspect messages, email firstname.lastname@example.org .
For More Information
For information or assistance, contact the IT Support Center at 713-743-1411 or email email@example.com .