ALERT: Phishing Emails From Valid Fordham Accounts

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Phishing emails are being sent from
valid Fordham email accounts. These emails may appear to come from people you
know. In some cases, their names are used to sign the emails. A list below
shows the types of subjects commonly used in the phishing emails.

 These emails are NOT legitimate. They request recipients to “Click
here” or “View Document Here”  If you click on the
link, you are directed to a site asking you to log into your Google Gmail, or
even your Yahoo and AOL accounts.  

These sites are NOT legitimate. They are used to capture your usernames
(AccessIT IDs) and passwords. An attacker with this information can log into
your account and send phishing emails to everyone in your contact list.

We have seen phishing emails with the following subjects:

  • Update
  • New Doc
  • Important
  • Important Message
  • Important!!!
  • Yahoo Security Update
  • Your Yahoo Account Safety Is Our
    Top Priority

If
you believe you have received this phishing message, please do the
following: 

  • Do not respond to the message.
  • Do not click any links within the
    message.
  • Do not provide any information
    such as a username (AccessIT ID) and password.

If
you responded to the email and provided confidential information:

  • Contact Fordham IT Customer Care
    ASAP at 718-817-3999.
  • Manually reset your password and
    disconnect any active login sessions to your Gmail account.
  • Delete the message. 

Email
Security Tips:

  • NEVER give out your password to
    anyone, especially in an email. Fordham IT and any other reputable service
    provider will NEVER ask for your password or personal information via
    email.
  • NEVER provide personal or
    sensitive information in an email.
  • Do not click on links in emails.
    Enter valid website addresses into a browser manually.
  • Do not respond to suspicious
    emails. If you receive questionable or suspicious emails, contact IT
    Customer Care and allow the University Information Security Office (UISO)
    to validate the legitimacy of these emails.
  • Be wary of attachments, especially
    any you weren’t expecting. Send them to IT Customer Care and let the UISO
    scan them for you.
  • If an email looks fishy, it
    probably is a phishing email.
  • Do not be fooled by scare tactics
    threatening to cut off your email, expire your accounts, and so on. Go to
    the source (my.fordham, your bank, HR, etc.) and validate the claim, but
    do not rely on the information provided in the email.

Find
out more about phishing and online security:

  • Search our SecureIT blog to see if
    we have already identified a suspected email as a scam or a legitimate
    email: fordhamsecureit.blogspot.com. 
  • IT security topics are available
    on our IT Security website: www.fordham.edu/SecureIT 
  • Remember, Fordham IT and Fordham
    University will NEVER ask you for your password. If you believe you have received
    a suspicious email or phone call, please contact IT Customer Care for help
    at (718) 817-3999 or HelpIT@fordham.edu.

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