December 14, 2017 – Santa Fe College employees have been receiving phishing emails that claim to be from a human resources department claiming that you have three pending messages.
SF Information Technology Services (ITS) is alerting all SF employees and staff that this is definitely a phishing email and you should not click on the link.
ITS offers some simple tips for how you should react when you encounter these types of emails:
- Do you recognize the email address?
- Do you know the person who is sending the message? Or, is it identified as coming from a generic department name that would exist in almost all organizations?
- Is the email creating a sense of urgency to do something (reply to the message with personal information, click on a link, open an attachment, etc.)?
- If there is a link, do you recognize the website it is trying to send you to? (put your mouse pointer over the link, but do not click it)
If you think an email is either SPAM or a phishing attempt, you can report it directly to Microsoft by using the Junk Email Reporting add-on in Microsoft Outlook by right-clicking on the email in question and selecting Junk à “Report as Junk” or “Report as Phishing” (in webmail, you would right-click on the email and select “Mark as junk”)