Due to recent news, cybercriminals have a new twist on phishing emails: Coronavirus scams. Cybercriminals often exploit popular topics and fears, and they haven’t overlooked the widespread fear of COVID-19. The Office of Information Technology asks the Marshall community to continue to stay alert of fraudulent emails and follow safety guidelines when responding to emails and using weblinks.
STOP. Do not click links or open attachments without verifying the source and/or link destination.
THINK. Am I expecting this? If not, delete the e-mail or verify the sender.
CONNECT. Directly type the organization’s known URL into your web browser to visit the site.
For information about Coronavirus, please refer to these websites by typing the web address into your browser’s address bar:
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov
- World Health Organization: who.int
- National Institute of Health: nih.gov
Security Tip: Use of the ‘Skeptical Hover Technique.’ Most email applications allow you to simply hover your mouse – without clicking – over an embedded link to preview where the hidden link will send you if you should click it.
For examples of Coronavirus scams and tips on how to protect yourself from them, please visit https://us.norton.com/internetsecurity-online-scams-coronavirus-phishing-scams.html.
If you attempted to open an attachment or visited a website where you typed your username & password or other sensitive information, you should immediately contact the Marshall IT Service Desk at 304-696-3200 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
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