Recognizing Phishing Attempts

A phishing website or message attempts to trick you into providing personal information by appearing to be from a legitimate source, such as a bank, social network, Google, etc. If you receive a suspicious message, do not provide the information requested. We've included some tips to help you recognize phishing and keep your accounts secure.

    1. Always use caution when clicking on links in emails.
    2. Hover over the link with your mouse to verify the URL is legitimate.
    3. Poor grammar, generic language, and emails sent to hidden addresses are all indicators of a phishing attempt. 
    4. Being taken to a log on page when you are already signed in is a sign of a phishing attempt.
    5. If you receive a suspicious email, it is good practice to check with the sender by phone or separate email message to see if they did share a specific document with you.
    6. If at any time you feel you may have provided your information on a illegitimate website, please follow the instructions for resetting your network password.

Please report these emails as a phishing attempt to Google. More information about phishing as well as instructions to report phishing can be found on Google’s About Phishing support page.

 

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