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Protect your private information from phishing scams


20 October 2011

The differences between authorised and hoax emails are often subtle, making them difficult to identify and avoid.

To protect yourself from online account compromises and identity theft, learn to recognise the signs of typical phishing emails, which include:

  • alarming tones and threats of account closure
  • bad grammar and misspellings
  • websites with unusual addresses or ones similar to an official address (eg http:/ /syd.ney.com.au/validate)
  • signatures or sender email addresses that resemble a University account
  • disguised web addresses, such as 'http:/ /sydney.edu.au/email', where the link actually takes you to a different, external site. Sometimes these sites even take elements of the University website to make it look official.

The University would never ask you to provide private information by responding directly to an email. If you receive a message soliciting private information, contact the Information and Communications (ICT) helpdesk immediately on 9351 6000. For more information, visit the ICT website.