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Phishing Awareness

What is Phishing?
Phishing is a fraudulent email based attack disguised as a legitimate communication. The goal of the attacker is to trick the recipient into responding by clicking on a link, opening an attachment, or directly giving up account credentials, i.e. username and password. IT Security recommends users to report suspicious emails – when in doubt, do not click, REPORT!

The Phish Trap was created to help our College community learn about and recognize phishing attempts. Phish trap serves as a repository of phishing emails received at the College and reported by employees using the Outlook Phishing Reporter tool. Reporting helps us block unwanted phish and spam.

Please read our FAQs for additional information!

If you receive an e-mail that you suspect is a phish:

  • Do not open the email. Do not explore the links or download the attachments. Remember, it’s a Phish!
  • Please report suspected phishing emails by using the Phishing Reporter tool (shown above) located on the ribbon bar of your Outlook Mailbox.
  • If you are accessing your mail using an alternative mail client, forward the suspected phishing email to the phishtrap@montgomerycollege.edu mailbox.

Phishing emails are designed to trick you. Visit MC Learns and take the security e-courses to learn how to spot malicious emails, links, and attachments. Contact Annie Shane, annie.shane@montgomerycollege.edu, for a Phishing Awareness class to learn how to defend yourself and serve as the first line of defense against phishing attacks.

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