Phishing...with a Spear

This week, the College yet again was subject to several targeted (spear-phishing) email attacks. This time, many of the phishing emails attempted to mimic O365 filesharing notifications, so we'd like to highlight some specific differences to help you discern phishing attempts from the real thing. 

Below is a side-by-side comparison of a phishing attempt addressed to Fran Dillon (left) and a genuine O365 Word document shared to Fran from Ryan Miranda’s OneDrive.  Note the key differences between the two that you can look for in future communications. 

Remember that on a computer, you can hover (not click) your mouse pointer over any links to see a small pop-up preview of the URL they are taking you to. If you don’t recognize that URL, do not click the link. Also, remember that the Department of Information Technology will never send you an email with a link taking you to a login screen. 

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the IT Service Desk at 508-565-4357 (HELP) or email