IT Security - Protecting Yourself From Scams & Phishing
Tips to stay safe from phishing attacks and fraud:
- Never reply to a message that asks for your username and password. No legitimate organization, including Liberty University, should ever ask you for your password or other sensitive information via email.
- Don't send personal information, such as social security numbers and credit card numbers via email. Email is as insecure as a postcard; it can be read at any point along the way to its final destination.
- Don't click on links in phishing messages. Scam artists can create fake login pages that look legitimate and will steal your log-in information.
- Report any phishing messages you receive using Outlook.
- Immediately change your password if you feel that you may have accidentally replied to a phishing message.
Avoid falling victim to other types of fraud:
- Don't give out personal information in response to uninvited solicitations
- Don't respond to pop-up advertisements or solicitations
- Be cautious when signing up for services; always read the terms & conditions.
- Be skeptical of offers - it something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Don't wire money to individuals you do not know personally.
- Don't cash checks for individuals you do not know personally, especially if they give you a check for more than the correct amount and ask you to give them the difference.
We've changed how to report scams. Don't worry, the new way is easier!
- Did you get a suspicious email? Click the 'Report Message' button in Outlook.
- From the dropdown menu, select if the email is Phishing or Junk.
- That's it! We'll handle everything from here. Thanks for doing your part in keeping everybody safe!
- LU Password Policy
- FTC Consumer Protection
- National CyberSecurity Alliance
- US-CERT (Computer Emergency Readiness Team)