Phishing emails: what are the signs?

You can protect yourself and the University by following our handy tips to avoid being the target of spam or phishing emails.

  • Treat requests for personal or financial information with maximum suspicion. We will never ask you for your password or any financial details via email – and neither will your bank or credit card provider
  • Check the quality of the message. Does it contain bad spelling or grammar which can be indications that something is not professionally produced
  • Double check the ‘From’ details. Messages may appear to come from the University but are usually sent from external email addresses
  • Does it try to alarm you? Some messages are designed to convey a sense of urgency to prompt a quick response, e.g. ‘Failure to respond will result in your account being closed or deactivated’.

Use your judgement when following this guidance but if in any doubt, please make us aware by contacting our 24/7 IT Helpline on 0161 247 4646.

More tips can be found on the Get Safe Online website.