201111014 Don’t Trust Links Sent in Email Messages

A common fraud, called “phishing”, sends messages that appear to be from a bank, shop or auction, giving a link to a fake website and asking you to follow that link and confirm your account details. The fraudsters then use your account details to buy stuff or transfer money out of the account. These fake sites can be hard to spot, so no reputable organization will send a message requesting your confidential information. When you use an on-line account, type the website address you have been given from a trustworthy place (from your bank statement, for example) into the browser directly so that you know you are going to the correct place.

Colin Bryant
Computer System Coordinator
University of BC, Dept. of Psychiatry
Tel: 604-822-7374

IT Support Desk;
Please include your computer’s asset number (bottom of notebooks), with any requests.
Online: http://psychit (From computers logged onto the D_Psychiatry network only.)
E-mail: PsychIT@exchange.ubc.ca
: 604-827-5695
Web: http://www.psychiatry.ubc.ca/f_s/ts.htm