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There are some telltale signs that can help you determine whether a message was sent by Oberlin College CIT, HR, or other legitimate organization, or by a spammer hoping to steal your confidential information.
 
There are some telltale signs that can help you determine whether a message was sent by Oberlin College CIT, HR, or other legitimate organization, or by a spammer hoping to steal your confidential information.
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*If you notice poor grammar, spelling, or punctuation, the message may be coming from a spammer.
 
*If you notice poor grammar, spelling, or punctuation, the message may be coming from a spammer.
 
*If the email comes from an address that does NOT end in oberlin.edu and you do not recognize, the message could be from a spammer.
 
*If the email comes from an address that does NOT end in oberlin.edu and you do not recognize, the message could be from a spammer.

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Featured article: Spear-phishing messages target Oberlin account holders

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Phishing

Recently Oberlin faculty, students, and staff were hit with a phishing email message by spammers designed to steal personal information.

Identifying a Phish

There are some telltale signs that can help you determine whether a message was sent by Oberlin College CIT, HR, or other legitimate organization, or by a spammer hoping to steal your confidential information.

  • If you notice poor grammar, spelling, or punctuation, the message may be coming from a spammer.
  • If the email comes from an address that does NOT end in oberlin.edu and you do not recognize, the message could be from a spammer.
  • If the message tells you to respond or click on a link or something dire will happen, such as your account will be deleted, or you will not get the forms you need, the message is likely from a spammer.
  • If links are included in the message and you do not ask for them, the message is likely from a spammer.
  • If the message is not signed by an actual person, such as Chester Andrews, Director of Client Services, but is instead signed by a generic positional name, such as Administrator, Admin, HR, Account Manager, The Oberlin Team, Ebay Admin, Bank Administrator, etc., then the message is very likely from a spammer.

Visit the phishing page to take a deeper look at the message that was sent over the weekend and how you can spot the red flags.

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