Recent Phishing Attempt Serves as an Important ReminderRecently, the SLU community has been targeted by several phishing schemes. Phishing e-mails are those sent by fraudsters impersonating a business or person in an attempt to gain personal information, money, or to spread a virus.
Most recently, these phishing e-mails have appeared to come from American Express regarding a payment, or an incoming fax report about a recruitment plan. Neither of these e-mails is legitimate.
Fraudsters have become very good at appearing real. Some have become skilled enough to send e-mails from @slu.edu addresses or from legitimate businesses, so you must be wary of e-mails with unexpected, unrelated messages, links, or attachments from any address.
The best thing to do if you unexpectedly receive an e-mail with a link or PDF attachment not referenced in the message from a familiar person or business that doesn't normally send links or attachments is to call the sender and confirm whether or not the e-mail is legitimate. Any e-mails from unfamiliar people or businesses asking for passwords, personal information or payments should be considered a phishing attempt and deleted. Additionally, please be aware that fraudsters may try to obtain personal information or money by posing as a job opportunity.
Please report suspicious e-mails to the Information Security Team at InfoSecurityTeam@slu.edu.