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Phishing Emails are 24/7 Challenge for UF

IMAGE GRAPHIC: Envelope with a skull on it to represent a 'Spear-Phishing' attempt.

To keep up with academic, professional, and personal responsibilities, checking email has become an around-the-clock task for students, faculty, and staff. In a tactic known as Phishing, cybercriminals try and take advantage of you by designing corrupt emails that look like Google doc invitations or the log-in screen to your financial institution. If a cybercriminal tricked you into thinking an email was a legitimate FAFSA notice or an account verification email from the UF Help Desk and then got your personal information…your life could be turned upside down by this violation of privacy. What preventative steps can you take to NOT be a phishing victim?

  • Before clicking on a link in an email, place the mouse pointer or hover over the link and check the web address the link goes to. If the address doesn’t match the company or organizational name, or anything else makes you suspicious, DON’T CLICK!
  • If there are basic grammatical errors, poor sentence structure, or spelling errors in common words, it’s probably not a legit email. DON’T CLICK!

Forward suspicious emails from your UF email to If you’re concerned that you may have been “phished”, change your GatorLink password right away. Visit the Information Security Office’s Protect Yourself page to learn more about phishing tactics.