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Phishing Attacks – How to Protect Yourself

Phishing e-mails often attempt to use emotional triggers or appear as if they are coming from a person that you know.  They often have grammar, spelling, and syntax errors, and phrasing that a native speaker would not use.  These e-mails typically include directions to reply with private information, or provide a link to a web site to verify your account by providing personal information such as name, address, bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, or other sensitive personal information.

Indicators of a phishing e-mail:

  • Name and e-mail address don’t match
  • Attempt to prove legitimacy using words such as ‘Official’
  • Uses a real organization or company name but incorrect e-mail address
  • Poor grammar
  • Unsolicited requests for personal information are a clear danger signal
  • Misspellings

What should I do if I have been scammed by phishing?

  • Change your LSR7 passwords immediately
  • Contact a member of the technology department if you clicked on an attachment and downloaded so that we can double check your computer
  • Change any personal account passwords immediately if you share the same password as your district account
  • If you suspect that a credit card number was compromised, contact the bank immediately