2-17-16 Phishing Attack

Members of the UConn community were targeted by a phishing attack that appeared to come from the UITS Support Center. It asked recipients to click on a link to re-validate their email account. This is a scam and an effort to steal your personal information.  These messages should be disregarded and deleted.

A phishing scam is designed to steal your personal information, such as your bank account numbers, passwords, and other confidential information. They can use this information to steal your money and your identity. Here are some tips on how to protect yourself:

  • Be extremely wary of following links or answering questions from contacts that you did not initiate.
  • Be suspicious of urgent requests that can only be prevented by entering your personal information. These include messages asking you to verify your account information.
  • Do not click on links in a suspicious email. To check the address, hover your mouse over the link without clicking to see if the address matches the link in the message.
  • Do not open attachments from senders that you do not recognize or that just do not seem right.

Please note that UITS and other university organizations will not send an unsolicited request for UConn credentials or other personal information. If you have questions about the validity of a request, contact the UITS Help Center at 860-486-4357 or helpcenter@uconn.edu.