Phishing is a scam intended to steal personal and financial information from unsuspecting victims. Passwords, credit card numbers, bank account information, Social Security number, or other sensitive information--all are valuable to scam artists.

Most people think they are pretty knowledgeable about spam and phishing, yet every day someone at Boston University falls for a common email scam and has their account compromised.

Be proactive in protecting yourself. Phishing emails come in many forms and though the most important thing you can do is to avoid them altogether, here are some useful tips to avoid getting hooked:

Learn how to detect a phishing message & fight phishing

Know the top spam scams, so you can recognize them when you see them.

If you believe you have received a phishing message, particularly one falsely claiming to be from BU forward it to along with the message headers and then delete it. If in doubt, call the IT Help Center (Charles River Campus (617) 353-4357, Medical Campus (617) 638-5914).