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Phishing E-mails ***Please Read***

Tech Bulletin

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

This week, we've received several additional examples of phishing attempts.

These messages are not legitimate. Please continue to delete these messages if you receive them.

If you have clicked a link via email and entered your username and password, reset your password on the myTrent portal as soon as possible.

Phishing attacks such as this are becoming an ever more common way to access information from authorized users, and to gain access to the sensitive data we store at the university. Fortunately, phishing can usually be identified by following the below tips:

  1. IT will NEVER ask you to click a link and login to your account.
  2. Legitimate, mass announcements from IT will always be sent in the form of a Tech Bulletin.
  3. Phishing messages commonly contain grammatical and spelling errors or other errors in the text of the message such as the incorrect names of departments.
  4. The links in phishing messages, when hovered over with a mouse will generally point to unusual web addresses that are often long to confuse users.
  5. Known phishing attacks will be posted on our Twitter feed at Trent_IT.  We will not always send out a Tech Bulletin in the event of a Phishing Attempt, but will always post phishing attempt warnings on the IT Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/Trent_IT when we become aware of them.   Follow us on Twitter today OR bookmark our Twitter page.  

Thank You

Tariq Al-idrissi

Associate Vice President, IT

Trent University


P.S.  Missed a Tech Bulletin? Please go to http://www.trentu.ca/tech-bulletins to review the Tech Bulletin archives.


Posted on November 9, 2017