Monday, May 7, 2012

Don't Fall for Scams!

Final exams are nearly done, it’s a beautiful day, and Senior Week is about to begin! All are excellent reasons NOT to surrender your password or other confidential information in email.

Let’s review the basics:

  • ITS staff will NEVER ask for your password via email. Neither will your bank, your employer or any reputable firm. Period.
  • Any communication from Macalester's Information Technology Services will be from named individuals you can find in the online Directory and on campus. Legitimate communications from vendors will have your actual account numbers and other identifying information in them. Generic messages “account holder” or from "Account Administrator" are bogus.
  • Any message that sounds too good to be true is too good to be true.
If you ever get a message that seems odd or makes you suspicious, don’t reply. Instead, please contact the ITS Help Desk at helpdesk@macalester.edu or 651-696-6525. We’ll be happy to check it out for you.

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