7 ways Clemson employees can avoid phishing scams

Staff, Office of Information Security
September 9, 2022

Clemson University employees are frequently targeted with phishing emails by cybercriminals. Here are a few simple steps, to help you avoid falling victim to a phishing scam.

  1. Check the sender’s name and email address. Sender email addresses can be faked, or they may be cleverly disguised. Is the sender’s email address actually a Clemson email address?
  2. Beware of requests for immediate action. Be cautious of messages that imply a problem will occur if immediate action is not taken. Cybercriminals want you to have a sense of urgency and possibly fear.
  3. Watch for generic addressing. Beware of “Dear User” or “Dear Employee.” People who send you an email requesting action should know your name.
  4. Look for grammatical and spelling errors. These issues can occur in any message, but are often seen in phishing emails.
  5. Be careful with website links. It can be difficult to tell if links in an email really go to the expected website. If the link is suspect, open a browser and type in the website address manually yourself.
  6. Don’t open email attachments. If you do not know the sender or you are not expecting a file, don’t open it.
  7. Report Phishing emails. If you do get a suspicious email, use the Report Phishing button in Outlook, or forward to phishing@clemson.edu

Make sure to check the Office of Information Security’s Cybersecurity Alerts page for up-to-date information on new threats, security updates and more.

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