How to recognize a phishing scam


There are many types of phishing emails.  Below is an example of a common attack.  While the details differ, the are all trying to fool you into giving them your account ID & password.  Don't fall for this!


From: Admin Center []  [Here is your first clue:  the message did not come from an address]

Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 7:39 AM

Subject: Email Quota Alert!!!!   [Here is your second clue:  we do not have email quotas!]



We are pleased to inform you that Our Admin Center is closing all unused accounts because of the congestion in our mail server. To confirm your account active, you are required to complete your details below and send it to us. This information would be required to verify your account to avoid being closed.   [OCCS would never need you to confirm whether your account is active, we would know this from the logs.]

Full name:   

User Name:


Password:  [OCCS will never ask you for your password]

Reconfirm Password:  [OCCS will never ask you for your password]


So don't be fooled by phishing emails of this type!  If you fall for it, your account will be taken over by a spam artist, and used to send out hundreds of spam emails from your account.  This could result in ODU being blocked by major email providers such as,,, etc.  

Posted By: Aaron Smith
Date: Tue Apr 16 09:37:09 EDT 2013