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Microsoft 365 (Outlook) - How to Report a Phishing Email (for Parkland Students)
How to Identify a Phishing Attempt
Over time, phishing techniques have become more and more advanced. Sometimes it is almost impossible to distinguish a phishing email from the real thing. However, there are some clues you can look for to help determine if an email is legitimate or not.
- Check the sender's email address. Who is the email coming from? If it is a student, do you know them personally? If not, this can be a sign that the email is not legitimate. Other signs can include email addresses from suspicious looking domains like @park-land.edu or @parkland.com instead of @parkland.edu.
- Is there a sense of urgency? If the email is making it sound like there is something that must be done urgently, like resetting your password or renewing your account, then you should be wary. Scammers create a sense of urgency in an attempt to pressure you into falling for their phishing attempt before you have a chance to think about it.
- File attachments and links. If the email has a file attached or a link to a website, don't click on it until you are absolutely sure it is coming from a trusted source. Sometimes just opening these files is enough for scammers to collect some of your personal information or install malware on your computer.
- Is the email offering something suspicious? If the sender is offering something, like a job opportunity or expensive item, this is a sign that the email may not be legitimate. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Phishing attempts can look like any mix of the above signs. It's always better to be overly cautious than to risk a potential breach in your personal data. For more information on phishing, check out this website.
How to Report a Phishing Attempt
If you believe you have received a phishing email, you can report it to Parkland's Cybersecurity team by doing the following:
1. Click the icon with three dots (More actions) in the upper right of the suspicious message.
2. Click the Report option.
3. Select Report phishing.