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Hoax Emals Appearing to be from an On-Campus Address!

 Hoax emails are the bane of most email users. We receive tons of bogus and potentially harmful email. Some of these messages even appear to come from an on-campus address (user@westga.edu <mailto:user@westga.edu>). Unfortunately, spoofing the sender of an email message in very easy, and spammers know using a local sender address makes it more likely that you will read the message and open any attachments.

Normally, there are clues to help you determine if an email address is fake. A message that is urgent or that needs immediate attention, ones with spelling and grammatical errors, any email asking for personal information, like passwords or bank account numbers, and emails with impersonal greetings (e.g. "Dear valued customer") are probably fake. Email that appears to be from someone on campus, but is asking for or providing information you are not expecting, may also be a sign of a scam. In general, if you are not expecting email from someone, call and check with the person before opening the attachment.  

For more information about how to identify fake or phishing email messages, see  http://www.ehow.com/how_2003318_recognize-fake-email.html  To test your skill at identifying fake/phishing email, take this excellent quiz!  http://www.sonicwall.com/phishing/