Phishing is the act of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by pretending to be a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

Phishing attacks are on this rise—don't fall for their bait! Remember: George Mason University will never ask for your personal information over email.

Articles about phishing are available in the ITS knowledge base.

Tips to Avoid Being Caught

Question the impersonal email.

When a legitimate company, one in which you are (or should be) a valued customer, contacts you regarding a business matter, be suspicious of the vague salutation. Companies in which you do business should at the very least keep records of your name. Any communication that begins with “Dear Bank of America Customer”, ought to signal caution. Remember…when in doubt to the legitimacy of a request, follow up by using one of two safety protocols: log onto the website directly by typing the main address in your browser or call the company on the phone.

Fight Phishing…Detect and Delete!