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Phishing E-Mail Targets Seton Hall Accounts

According to a report by the New Jersey (US) situated SHU (Seton Hall University), an e-mail has come into the inboxes of the university's members showing the caption "MailBox Quota Exceeded," whose source is an id that's not of the University, while the message carries a web-link leading onto an external site. IT News and Announcement division of shu.edu published this on March 18, 2011.

Nevertheless, the purpose of phishing scams that frequently pose as communications from trustworthy institutions like universities, banks or people known is to dupe the public into divulging personal details like Social Security and/or payment card numbers as well as passwords that identity thieves subsequently steal. SHU sent this in a broadcast e-mail dated March 23, 2011 to thesetonian.com.

Stated Seton Hall University's IT Services Department, the scammers utilized data to commit a variety of frauds like those involving credit cards, bank balances, or victims' data incase the criminals were caught. Thesetonian.com published this on March 23, 2011.

Moreover as accords to Stephen Landry, SHU IT Services' Chief Information Officer, while the university's IT department was continuously enhancing and updating its anti-spam systems to counter spam attacks, some amount of junk e-mails, especially phishing e-mails did at times get through. He added that SHU actually had one spam filter that blocked 95% of the current kind of spam from landing into its members' mailboxes. Thesetonian.com published Landry's statement on March 23, 2011.

Meanwhile, in case anybody gets a doubtful e-mail like the one mentioned above, he must avoid following any web-link embedded on it as well as certainly erase the e-mail from the mailbox instantly, the SHU authority advised. It (SHU authority) further reiterated to the university's members that SHU along with its IT Department wouldn't ever direct them to follow any web-link wherein to provide their private details, over e-mail. Shu.edu published this on March 18, 2011.

In the meantime, the University's Systems Support is busy stopping more of this type of e-mails from getting delivered, while it's also erasing them if they've already landed into the University inmates' mailboxes. Shu.edu reported this on March 18, 2011.

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