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Quincy University IT Services Helpdesk

Christopher Gronewold March 10, 2014 Google Apps for Education

A phishing website or message tries to trick you into revealing personal information by appearing to be from a legitimate source, such as a bank, social network, or even Google. If you receive a suspicious message, do not provide the information requested. We've included some tips to help you recognize phishing and keep your account secure.

Think before you click
Pay close attention to sign-in screens.
Cyber criminals can use links in emails, tweets, posts and online advertisements to direct you to fake sign-in screens, where they can steal your password. Only sign in to your account when you are certain you visited the real site directly. Check the Internet address to be sure.

 How can I recognize phishing?

You should always be wary of any message that asks for your personal information or messages that refer you to a web page asking for personal information. If you receive this type of message, especially from a source claiming to be Google or Gmail, please don't provide the information requested. Neither Google nor Quincy University will ever send unsolicited messages asking for your password or personal information, or messages containing executable attachments.

Messages or websites phishing for information might ask you to enter:

  • Usernames
  • Passwords
  • Social Security numbers
  • Bank account numbers
  • PINs (Personal Identification Numbers)
  • Full credit card numbers
  • Your mother’s maiden name
  • Your birthday

What does a phishing email message look like?

Here is an example of a recent phishing scam sent to some QU email accounts:


What should I do when I see a phishing scam?
Most importantly, never reply to suspicious emails with your personal or financial information. Also, don’t fill out forms or sign-in screens that link from these messages.

To report phishing in your QU Email click the drop-down arrow next to “Reply” and select “Report phishing.”


Select the Report Phishing Message option to finish the process.


Reporting a message as phishing will prevent that user from sending you more emails. Also, Google will use the report to help thwart the attack and others like it.

Don’t respond….Report it!!!  As a reminder:  Quincy University will NEVER ask you for your password!!