How to Identify Phishing?
“Phishing (pronounced: fishing) is an online-fraud technique that is used by criminals to lure you into disclosing your personal information.” -Microsoft Office
Some characteristics of phishing are:
- Requests for personal information in an email message
- Urgent wording
- Fake or suspicious links
- Link masks
- Fanciful wording, such as “greetings,” “salutations,” “kindly,” and other words the sender wouldn’t typically use
- Sender’s email address doesn’t match who they say they are, i.e. “Jake Wood <[email protected]>”
- The signature block is missing, or not in the standard format.
Example of a phishing message:
How to report a suspected phishing attempt
- On Outlook Web, select the message you have identified as suspicious
2. Click the downward pointing arrow to expand the Junk menu bar option
3. Choose Phishing from the resulting menu
4. In the Report as phishing dialog box, click [Report] to submit a copy of the message for analysis
5. After you report the phishing email, it will be moved over to your Junk folder on your Outlook. To prevent incoming messages from the Sender, please read and follow How to Block a Sender guideline.
How to Block a Sender?
“Blocked Senders are people and domains you don’t want to receive email messages from. Messages received from any email address or domain listed in your blocked senders list are sent directly to your Junk Email folder.” -Microsoft Office
- On Outlook Web, select the email message
- Copy full email address located on the right side of display name
- Click Settings gear icon located on black bar on the top right corner
4. In Settings, select Mail listed under Your app settings
5. On the left column, select Block or allow under sub-category Accounts below Mail
6. Paste or type the Sender’s full email address in the text dialog box
7. Click on plus icon to add the Sender’s full email address to allow block
8. Click Save on the top of page