[Art-instructors] Amazon phishing scam - don't respond!

Elizabeth DiDonna edidonna at fsu.edu
Tue Aug 1 09:15:24 EDT 2017

Dear Students and Faculty,

Yesterday a phishing scam went through our listserv, asking people to verify their Amazon accounts. DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL. It did not come from our department.

Here is more information from IT regarding phishing scams and how to avoid them:



Phishing attacks steal personal information by tricking you into doing something, like clicking a link or entering your username and password. Phishing comes in many forms: emails, phone calls, website downloads. These phishing attempts may look like they are from Florida State University—often IT Services or the Service Desk—but don’t fall for the tricks! Follow these tips to help protect yourself from phishing attacks.

Phishing Warning Signs

Username and password request
Again, FSU or any legitimate company—banks, insurance companies, social media accounts, etc.—will never ask for your username and password in an email or phone call. NEVER reply to an email or phone call with your username and password, and NEVER enter your password on a site you accessed via a link in an email.

Spelling erors and ungood grammer
Most cybercriminals did not get an “A” in English class. At FSU and other reputable companies, communications are proofed by professional copy editors and communication specialists to make sure everything is top quality before it goes to press. If you see ghastly spelling errors or cringe-worthy grammar, it’s likely a phishing message.

Suspicious links
A link. That’s usually where it all starts. Always stop and think before clicking email and website links. Keep in mind that you can make anything a hyperlink. Even though the text might say www.fsu.edu<http://www.fsu.edu>, there is no guarantee that you’ll end up on that site. Hover over or long tap a link to display the true URL.

Cybercriminals often try to bully you into taking action by threatening you will lose something if you don’t respond right away. Common threats include “your email account will be closed” or “your device is infected.” The goal of cybercriminals is to make the situation seem dire so that the victim—you—feels obligated to take action and provide personal information. In real life, ITS is really quite nice, and we will never require you to log in to keep your account.

Spoofed websites
Does something look a bit off? If you clicked a link in an email, pay attention to the page you landed on. Scam artists often spoof trusted websites, making their phony site look very similar to the real thing. Pay particular attention to the URL; if it is anything other than expected, close the page immediately.

Elizabeth DiDonna
Academic Program Specialist, Advisor & Instructor

Department of Art
Florida State University
223 Fine Arts Building
Phone: (850) 644-8252
Email: edidonna at fsu.edu<mailto:edidonna at fsu.edu>

Connect: news.art.fsu.edu<http://news.art.fsu.edu/>

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