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IT Security is here to help you whether you are a future, new, or current student. To contact IT Security for information, help, or tools choose the category that best describes your student status. If you need immediate assistance, contact SalukiTech.

What is Phishing?
Phishing is a form of social engineering; hackers use deception to manipulate you into divulging confidential or personal information, and then use that information for fraudulent purposes. Phishing attacks usually come as email. Hackers pose as trustworthy people and organizations to trick you into giving them sensitive data like your username, password, social security number, or credit card information.

How can I tell if an email is a phishing attempt?
When you get an email that just doesn’t feel right, follow the tips below to avoid becoming a victim of a phishing attack.

  • Look at the URL of a website. Phishing emails typically include a link. The scammers want you to click on this link to provide your sensitive data. Beware! Do not immediately click on the link. First, hover over a link to see where it is taking you before you go. If you do not recognize the URL, do not click on the link.

  • Watch for Poor Spelling and Grammar. This used to be a go-to tip; however, scammers utilize specialized translation tools to better fool users. Remember that official SIUC emails are always spell-checked, and should be error-free.

  • Beware of Urgent or Threatening Language. Do not trust emails that say “your account has been suspended” or “verify your information.” Scammers use language like this to get your attention. Students should also be aware of false job offers and internships.

  • Phishing can happen anywhere, to anybody. When in doubt, report the scam email by forwarding the message to scam@siu.edu or call SalukiTech at 618-453-5155.