Week 3: Recognize and report the phish

See it, so you don’t click it. 

Spot - Report – Stop the Phish! It isn’t enough to simply know what a phishing email entails; you also need to be able to recognize and report them. Use the Report Phish button to report any suspicious emails sent to your inbox.​ 

Visit the Villanova Recent Scams and Advisories to learn more about the scams and how you can protect yourself, your peers, and our university. #BeCyberSmart


Scam types and tactics

Reward or free gift message

Free things are enticing, but they can also be dangerous. If you get an email saying you won a free TV or “click here to enter a prize drawing,” be on high alert! Malicious users are trying to bait you into clicking a malicious link. 

Login or password message

Another type of phishing email asks you to verify your account by logging into a (fake) webpage or updating your credentials. These emails can collect your username and password, giving the malicious user instant access to your account.

Urgent message

An urgent phishing email is designed to get you to act fast. It might tell you that your account was hacked or will be deactivated — click here to restore it! Fear makes people do things without thinking, so slow down!

Internal messages

Malicious users will try to impersonate people at your company, such as someone in the HR department, IT department, or even a coworker. An internal message phishing email might ask you to click on a link to read and sign a policy, read a document about a company-wide update, or even hand over sensitive information.



Additional Articles:

Intro: Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Week 1: Enable multi-factor authentication

Week 2: Use a strong password and password manager

Week 4: Back up your data and update your software


For more information visit villanova.edu/ITSecurity

Questions or concerns? Contact the UNIT Help Desk at support@villanova.edu or 610-519-7777


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