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College Faculty & Staff,

 

By now, many of you may have received an email with the subject, "April Scheduled Maintenance Outage." The body of the message suggests you should "kindly follow the below link to complete your account upgrade."  Please understand that this message is a phishing attempt and was not legitimately sent by Texas A&M University or the College of Architecture.

A phishing email is an attempt to collect confidential information from Internet users, typically by sending an e-mail that looks as if it is from a legitimate organization and asks you to visit a site where you enter personal information. The data that is obtained is then usually used for illicit purposes.  You may safely disregard and delete the email.  More information about phishing attempts may be found in the following infographic:  goo.gl/gxrxRh

Here are a few useful hints to help you determine the validity of an email that may be a phishing attempt:

  • Receiving email from a suspicious source (or someone you don’t know)
  • Links in an email that take you to a website with which you have no affiliation
  • Spoofing popular websites or companies
  • Not addressing you by name
  • In this case, please do not click the link inside the phishing email. The email may be safely ignored and deleted.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact ITS in person in Langford A122, calling (979) 862-8584, or through email at helpdesk@arch.tamu.edu.

 

Regards,

Information Technology Services

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