Beware of Phishing!

During national cyber security awareness month, we would like to remind Brock to be vigilant when responding to emails or clicking on links contained within.

It has recently been brought to our attention that a seemingly innocent email has been received by faculty and staff simply asking, “Are you available?” from a sender name known to the department. However, this is a phishing email and if you respond you will soon receive a follow up asking for iTunes gift card codes to be sent.

Don’t take the bait. To identify suspected phishing emails:

  • Check that both the sender name and reply to email address are what you expected to see before responding. From addresses/sender names are easily forged and can look like the message came from someone you know.
  • Click only on links that you are expecting.
  • Hover your mouse over a suspicious link to see the true destination without having to click on it.
  • Grammar and spelling errors can indicate a phishing email.

Learn more about Phishing and Social Engineering on the ITS Cyber Security website. You can also view recent examples of phishing emails received at Brock here.

If you are concerned that you may have fallen victim to a phishing email contact the Help Desk at x4357 or email us at

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