Mock phishing emails

This notice appeared in the Weekly Phoenix between September 10, 2018 and September 16, 2018.

September 11, 2018

In the coming weeks, the Information Security Office (ISO) will begin a controlled phishing test. Mockphishing emails will be sent at random to all faculty and staff.  

Emails in our controlled phishing test are designed to resemble the real email scams that trick us into providing personal information: user ID, password, social security number, or other sensitive information. Instead of causing harm, the mock phishing emails will help you learn to identify scams and provide the ISO with data to improve training and support.

Anyone falling for a mock phishing email will be redirected to a website that explains the phishing warning signs in the email.

The ISO will not disclose the identity of individuals; this assessment is meant to be instructional and build our defenses against phishing emails.

Remember, Florida Polytechnic University staff will never ask for personal information via email.

Prepare for the mock phishing emails—and real phishing emails—by asking yourself these questions:

  • Does the email require immediate or urgent action on your part?
  • Does the email contain an odd use of language or contain grammar and spelling errors?
  • Is the sender or subject unusual or unknown to you?
  • Does the email contain suspicious hyperlinks? Hover the mouse pointer over a hyperlink in the email and see it leads to a questionable website.

As always, please contact the Helpdesk with questions at [email protected] or 863-874-8888.

Thank you for your vigilance.