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Phishing emails are targeting students

Malicious spam email is part of a connected world.  We have access to vast amounts of information online and we can instantly communicate with people around the world, but there are a lot of dangerous threats to web and email users. 

Phishing emails are messages which are sent to try and obtain personal or financial information from you, or to try and trick you into making payments to fraudulent bank accounts.

Some scammers are directly targeting students.  They want your personal information, usernames and passwords, and your financial information.  They may try to convince you to send money.  We don’t like to think that it can happen to us, but a convincing phishing email at the right time can be very effective.  They might…

- Use your tutor’s name.  Remember that the names of our staff are available on the Sussex website.

- Claim to speak for the University, a school or a department.  This might include Student Accounts or IT Services.

- Use University of Sussex graphics, such as our logo.

-Threaten you unless you make a payment.  They’ll want you to panic and make bad decisions without thinking.

The student email system at Sussex is provided by Microsoft Office 365.  This filters a lot of spam but some will always get through.  So be careful, always be suspicious of emails that are about money, and take care before opening links or attachments.

If you have any suspicions about an email, it’s best to just delete it.

You can find more information, including current threats that have been identified at Sussex, at www.sussex.ac.uk/its/security

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