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Identify Spam

Identify Spam

How Do I Identify Spam/Phishing Scams?
Phishing scams will claim to be an organization you normally deal with, such as a bank, government agency or even Fordham University.  The message will typically ask you to "update", "confirm" or "validate" you account information via a URL.  This URL will appear to be legitimate, but is in fact bogus.

The following tips are ways to identify Spam/Phishing scams:
  • Fordham University will NEVER ask you for personally identifiable information (PII) such as bank accounts, social security or credit card numbers, usernames, password, full name and/or date of birth.
  • Watch out for phone numbers in email.  They could be fake and you may be talking to a thief.  To be safe, use the phone numbers listed on your financial statements and/or the back of your credit card.
  • Most e-mails from organizations will be addressed to you if it is requesting personal information.  Although this is not always the case, be aware of e-mails that are very generic and not specific to you.  eg. Dear Trusted Chase Customer
  • Most organizations use secure connections when it comes to entering personal information so always look out for web sites starting with HTTPS://  The 'S' stands for secure where HTTP:// is not a secure connection.
  • Always hover your mouse over the web links to view the actual URL you would be connecting to. The link would be listed in the status bar in the bottom your browser or e-mail.  To be safe, manually enter the URL of a trusted site yourself in a new browser window.  eg. The link may want to send you to when you should manually enter
  • Be aware of any e-mails from Fordham University and/or organizations asking you to open file attachments as most information is readily available on their website.
  • Be skeptical about any and all information in an unsolicited e-mail.
  • Avoid opening e-mails with suspicious subject titles or from e-mail addresses you do not recognize.

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An example of spam and phising e-mail:
  1. Fordham would not send e-mails of important detail to the community with a generic name such as ‘EDU WEBMAIL users’.
  2. The English is incoherent in some portions and uses improper grammar as well.
  3. Fordham would never ask for personal identifiable information via e-mail.
  4. The e-mail requests that you respond to a non-Fordham account.
  5. The sender is not a Fordham e-mail.
  6. The e-mail is signed by a non-Fordham employee.

Spam Phishing Example

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