You have been redirected to this site because you clicked on a link or visited a site
that is a known phishing attempt. Please see the following tips below for techniques
on identifying phishing attempts:
- Examine links by hovering over them with your pointing device to make sure the underlying
URL matches what you would expect. If there is ANY question don’t click on it. In
most cases you can get to where you need to go by using the address bar in your web
browser, bypassing the questionable email altogether.
- Look for terms that are unique and locally identifiable within the message text itself
(again don’t trust the “From:”) like proper names, signature blocks, and titles that
you are familiar with. Technology Support Services and TSS are fairly unique but it
is always best if you can identify multiple authenticity indicators.
- Be suspicious of generic titles like, “Your IT department”, “Webmail”, “IT Director”,
“College IT Team”, “Helpdesk”, or even “Shoreline Community College IT Department”.
- It is very common for phishing scams to include a link to a login website that LOOKS
REAL. The address bar is sometimes masked (particularly on portable devices) but in
most cases it is clearly visible, and if you look at the URL it should be fairly evident
that it is not where you want to be. Once you enter your login name and password however
it typically redirects you to the real site as if you botched the initial login. Once
this happens your account is typically used to spam or scam others in large volumes.
- Luckily most of these scams are automated and single purposed, but if you use the
same password for multiple accounts it would be trivial for one of these scammers
to manually break into your other accounts causing significant damage, financial or