Please be aware that we are receiving phishing emails targeting individuals and using relationships between our staff to obtain information from the targeted staff member. The attack usually begins with a causal email asking a question and using the supervisor’s name, such as “Are you at your desk?” or “Are you available?”
If you reply to the email, the person who is behind the scam will then ask you to help them with a purchase or ask for other information. In the sample below that was reported to me, you can see that the sender is using an email address that is not a SCOE email. Our email accounts all come from @ stance.org. If you receive an email from your supervisor asking you a question, please check the sender’s email address. If you only see the name of your supervisor and not the email address, use your mouse to hover over the name to reveal the email address and see if it is a SCOE email address matches the signature on the email.
Safe email tips:
- Email is not a secure way to send messages containing personally identifiable information such as social security numbers, birthdates, and credit card and bank account numbers. If you need help sending or receiving sensitive information safely, contact Helpdesk at 238-4357, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Do not click on links in an email and login unless you can verify that the email came from a trusted source. Phishing emails are often targeting your access to SCOE’s network, which they can gain through knowing your username and password.
- If someone sends you a document in Google Docs, go to you Google login and check your drive for the file. Phishing emails can contain links to fake Google login pages.
- SCOE’s technology support staff will not ask for your username and password. Do not share your login information with anyone.
Let us know if you have any questions. Thank you for helping us keep SCOE’s data safe!