Phishers use a variety of means to gain your Personally Identifiable Information (PII). Learn how to recognize a phishing attempt.
Operating System: All
Applies To: UB students, faculty, staff, alumni, retirees and volunteers
Last Updated: March 13, 2021
You can tell it’s a phishing attempt if:
- Has a deceptive email header. Check message headers carefully to see who the sender really is. Phishers use colors, logos and phrasing from companies and universities to make their communication seem genuine and mimic a legitimate email address.
- Directs you to a website that looks legitimate, but is not. Sometimes the phisher uses a URL that appears similar to a genuine source’s URL in order to trick you. To avoid being fooled:
- Make sure the URL for any form matches the trusted place you intend to go.
- Hover your mouse over a link without clicking it to see the link’s destination.*
- Do an Internet search for the actual company URL.