Technology Services encourages all members of the campus community to beware of illegitimate phishing emails. Email remains one of the most common methods criminals use to compromise an account or carry out financial scams. They are designed to deceive you into taking an action such as:

  • Sharing your Puget Sound credentials or entering them on a dangerous website
  • Clicking a harmful link or opening an attachment containing malware
  • Purchasing gift cards or sending bitcoin
  • Divulging sensitive personal information or university data

Here are some quick tips to protect yourself and the university:

  • Know the sender! Always double-check the sender's email address and do not solely rely on the display name. Scammers often design messages to appear as though they are from somebody you know, such as a supervisor or department chair.
  • Think before you click! Carefully examine hyperlinks or URLs in emails and do not open attachments from unknown senders.
  • Protect your password! Never email your password, submit it on a form, enter it on an unfamiliar website, or share it with anyone else.
  • Trust your instincts! If something feels off or suspicious about an email, it is better to err on the side of caution.

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 a message.