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Important phishing e-mail

February 13, 2014 - Jodelle Greiner
Word of warning to all out there: there’s an phishing e-mail going around with the subject line “Important” and it’s supposedly coming from people you know.

It first showed up in my inbox last Thursday. I did click on it because I knew the sender, but when I started reading it, the wording did not sound like her. I clicked on the attachment, but when it came up, it wanted my username and password. I closed the attachment without doing anything to it. I suspected it was a hack job, called her office and the receptionist confirmed they had been hacked.

I got another e-mail yesterday from someone else I know. The wording was similar to the one last week, so I knew it was a hack job and didn’t bother opening the attachment.

If you get any e-mail, even if it comes from someone you know, be careful. If the wording doesn’t sound like the person it’s supposed to have come from, don’t go any farther. I know now I shouldn’t have clicked on the attachment. Contact the person it supposedly came from and let them know they’ve been hacked so they can resent their information. NEVER give out your username and password, that’s called phishing and when they get your username and password, they can access all kinds of information about you. It’s very serious: that’s how the Target data breach started.

Be very careful out in the cyberworld.


Article Comments



Feb-15-14 1:17 PM

When you get a suspicious e-mail from someone, especially from someone you don't know, DO NOT OPEN THE ATTACHMENT! Most of the time, that is all it takes to get a virus on your computer.


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