Phishing is a way of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.
See an example of a phishing email, disguised as an official email from a (fictional) bank. The sender is attempting to trick the recipient into revealing confidential information by "confirming" it at the phisher's website. Note the misspelling of the words received and discrepancy. Also note that although the URL of the bank's webpage appears to be legitimate, the hyperlink would actually be pointed at the phisher's webpage.
Report a Phishing Attempt
If you believe you are the target of an attack (such as SPAM email asking for sensitive information), report it to the Help Center by forwarding the message to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can investigate and share the existence of the threat with others.
Spearphishing emails are targeted to you and look like they came from a person or organization you trust, but in reality they’re sent by hackers to get you to click on or open something that will give the hackers access to your computer. Learn to protect yourself.
ALL technology communications will originate from the office of technology support using the email address: email@example.com. If you receive a message from any other address, including another Loyola address, that is asking for sensitive or trusted information such as credit card or social security numbers, or passwords, this is NOT an official message. If you believe you are the target of a security attack, please contact Client Services for assistance.