THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK! – Don’t be a victim to email scams and viruses!
What steps can you take to protect yourself and others in your address book and organization?
- Be wary of unsolicited attachments, even from people you know - Just because an email message looks like it came from someone you know doesn't mean that it did. Many viruses can "spoof" the return address, making it look like the message came from someone else.
- Trust your instincts - If an email or email attachment seems suspicious, don't open it! Even if it is something you might expect, if it looks strange, contact the person who supposedly sent the message to make sure it's legitimate BEFORE you open the attachment. Things to look for include an identical message from several people, messages with a strange subject or no subject, weird attachment names, unusual attachment formats, and no content in the message other than an attachment. If something about the email or the attachment makes you uncomfortable, delete it or forward it to the helpdesk or Dulce Weigel for us to check. (Do not call us, just forward the message.)
What is a phishing attack and how do you avoid being a victim?
Phishing is a form of social engineering. Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to trick you into giving an attacker your personal information. For example, you may receive an email seemingly from a reputable source that requests account information, often suggesting that there is a problem. When you respond with the requested information, attackers can use it to gain access to your account.
- Be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls, visits, or email messages from individuals asking about employees or other internal information.
- NEVER reveal personal information such as passwords in an email.
- NEVER respond to email solicitations for this information. This includes following links sent in email. These links may send you to a page where you are asked to give out your account information such as passwords. We would NEVER ask for your information in that manner.
- If you are unsure whether an email request is legitimate, please check with us first by forwarding the message to the helpdesk or Dulce Weigel. (Do not call us, just forward the message.)
We do have a spam filter and it has filtered tens of millions of messages. However, no spam filter will get 100% of the junk, so it is up to all of us to protect our accounts.
As always, if you have any questions,
please call the helpdesk at 977-4936.
Thank you, Dulce Weigel
City of Stamford