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Phishing E-mails Target Students of Miami University

Scammers are distributing fake e-mails pretending to be messages from Oxford, Ohio, USA based Miami University as they strike the mailboxes of students of the University, published miamistudent.net dated October 21, 2014.

Asking that students require confirming own passwords, the malicious electronic mail provides a web-link to follow but actually diverts the user onto one copycat site of the Miami University website.

A sample e-mail was found that duped a senior student Ms. Abby Cramer, thus published miamistudent.net.

Ms. Cramer said that she definitely found the e-mail weird. She did not find the sender's id familiar, but since the title contained the word 'Miami,' she opened the message. Later, she followed the web-link once she accessed her laptop and found the web-page just as Miami's page, thus she did as per the instructions while for some days at length, nothing happened.

But thereafter, she noticed many queer messages inundating her inbox. Soon all the e-mails had a caption "Failed Recipient" something that indicated to her she'd gotten hacked.

Disturbingly, it's because of the aforementioned kind of phishing e-mail scams which have resulted in an increase in phishing online, security analysts examining the aforesaid spam mails remark.

They caution never ever to think a request for details as genuine till one is cent percent definite about the source from where it follows. Genuine organizations alternatively the University within the current instance won't ever ask anyone to provide his username or password. Just as with most other scams, when a suggestion appears incredibly true it's as best not to believe it.

The finest manner in which one can remain safe from a phishing attack would be by acting wise while not reposing faith in an e-mail that some unfamiliar source has sent. Web-links inside dubious e-mails shouldn't be clicked. When unsure about any content of an incoming e-mail, questions should be asked for, the Information Technology support services is always there to extend help.

Nevertheless, incase anyone has by now been ensnared with the above phishing electronic mail then he/she should reset his/her password as soon as possible, the security analysts suggest.

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