Kat Riddler, Managing Editor

On November 2, a campus-wide email was sent out on behalf of Information Security Officer Mark Monroe warning about phishing scams.

The email stated, “In today’s world we have to be very aware of the different ways we can be scammed. They come at us in emails, texts, social media messages and the web. We are all busy, and it is easy to glance at something in an email and be scammed.”

Monroe stated some red flags for others to look for in their busy lives. The email continued, “Be wary of any text, email, phone call or pop-up that warns you about account or password issues, asks you for personal information or account information, tells you that you need to pay a bill or that you owe money or has a sense of urgency that if you do not do what they want right then, something bad will happen.”

Monroe advised to look at the email address the message originated from and see if you hit reply if the address is the same. If the address is a place of business, you should be able to call their customer support or help desk to verify the email.

It is important to note that UMSL ITS will never ask for you to email your password and you should never share your email or password with anyone. More information on phishing scams can be found on the following address:  http://www.umsl.edu/technology/security/phishing.html.