Beware of Email "Phishing" Scams

Technology Services encourages all members of the campus community to beware of bogus "phishing" email messages trying to trick you into sharing your Puget Sound password and other sensitive information or enticing you to click links to websites infected with malware.

If you have any question about the validity of an unexpected email message that provides a link or asks you to update your personal information or password, please contact the Technology Service Desk at 253.879.8585 or servicedesk@pugetsound.edu.

Ways to Recognize a Phishing Message

Many phishing email messages are poorly constructed, making them obviously suspect, but others may appear on the surface to be from a legitimate Puget Sound email address. If a phishing message arrives outside normal business hours, it should raise suspicions since Technology Services and other university offices usually send messages to campus only during regular business hours.

Example of a phishing email message.

REMEMBER:  Technology Services will NEVER send you an email asking for your password or requesting that you “re-validate” or “update” your profile by clicking on a link in the message. 

You should always avoid clicking on links or opening attachments in email messages from unknown or suspicious sources.

Ways to spot a phishing message.

Example of hovering over a link.

If you think you may have fallen for a phishing scam, please contact the Technology Service Desk immediately at 253.879.8585.