Spotting a Phishing E-mail

Click here for detailed instructions on the November 2016 phishing attack that affected Newark Unified

What is phishing?
Phishing is when a malicious person or organization attempts to defraud you and gain access to your personal information (websites, financial, etc) by posing as a legitimate company.

How do I spot a phishing message?
If you receive an e-mail requesting information from you (to login, password, etc) and you do not recognize or expect it there is a very good chance it is a phishing e-mail.

If you receive a link in an e-mail to a page asking you to login, be very careful/wary.  On the page, check and make sure that the page is real or when in doubt, just type in the site directly to your address bar (i.e.  Here are examples of a real and fake page:

Tips for staying safe
There are a few different things you can do to stay safe online in general.  
  • Always be wary of requests for information that you are not expecting.
  • If the e-mail looks fishy, contact the sender via another means of communication (i.e. the phone) to verify the content.
  • Always make sure the website you're using is not a fake.  Type the website into the address bar yourself to be sure.
  • Beware of links in e-mails that ask for personal or login information.
  • Beware of pop-up pages that ask for personal information.
  • Be wary of urgent messages that need immediate responses, this is a common tactic among spammers.

Larry Simon,
Nov 9, 2016, 2:02 PM
Larry Simon,
Nov 9, 2016, 2:02 PM