We are seeing another increase in phishing emails which are targeting very specific departments or units. These emails appear to come from a Dean, Department Chair or Director. The messages are very short and are looking for a reply message. They may look harmless but are intended to start a conversation, build trust and then ask you to take an action that may lead to loss of credentials, data or money.
If you receive an email from an administrator or other staff member which doesn’t use a semo.edu email address, it is probably a phishing email. For example, this message comes firstname.lastname@example.org.
From: Floyd Davenport <email@example.com>
Remember, when in doubt, don’t respond. You can always contact the individual using their semo.edu email (i.e., firstname.lastname@example.org) to confirm the message.