Phishing can happen to anyone and on any device. Photo Credit: Reinhardt Eagle Eye

By Moxon Glosson 

Spyware. Malware. Identity theft. Skimming. We have all heard these terms in our online safety classes, and we think to ourselves, “That’ll never happen to me.” Yet online scamming is more significant today than ever before. 

In August, Bernard Gallof, Reinhardt University’s IT Director, sent out an email to students, faculty, and staff regarding reported cases of phishing events. 

Phishing is a cybercrime that involves using fake emails (or any online messaging service) to steal sensitive information by sending victims malicious attachment files disguised as harmless URLs. 

“Scammers use email or text messages to trick you into giving them your personal information. They may try to steal your passwords, account numbers, or Social Security numbers. The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center reported that people lost $57 million to phishing schemes in one year,” Gallof explains.  

Phishing is far more than simple email spam messages. It also involves tactics such as fear-mongering and limited-time offers. Scammers will even steal your money by posing as legitimate charities

According to Rexxfield, a cybercrime investigation group, criminals attack computers and other electronic devices every 39 seconds. Information theft, loss, or attack is now the prevalent type of crime against organizations. Until 2017, material theft had been the most common type of fraud for decades. 

As reported by Bromium.com, Hewlett-Packard’s internet safety website, global online scammer earnings now top 1.5 trillion dollars a year. That’s trillion with a T. 

Gallof gave specific instructions and helpful tips about what to do if you suspect a phishing attack. 

  1. Contact the Reinhardt IT Helpdesk and email the phishing email to Helpdesk@Reinhardt.edu. 
  2. Do not click on any links. 
  3. Do not open any attachments. 

 

Following these simple tips can save you a lot of headaches. 

 


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