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Be Aware of Recent Phishing Scams

It appears W-2 phishing scams and generic IRS phone scams leveraging a source of authority are prevalent right now. Although a number of emails are flagged for phishing by Google, some suspicious messages have the potential to circumvent filters.

Recent phishing phone and email scams include:

  • The Better Business Bureau has received reports from people contacted through phishing text messages, email, Twitter, and phone calls about the new stimulus checks. Tips for not falling for stimulus check scams.
  • It is tax season and it is important to remember that the IRS, banks, or other institutions will never ask for personal information via email. If you are unsure about the content or validity of an email, don’t respond to it and forward the email to the Information Systems Security Team at infosec@wfu.edu for further analysis. Read more at the IRS website.

Do not become a phishing victim: 

  • Never provide your personal information in response to urgent emails, text messages or phone calls that instruct you to click a link to confirm your payment or enter more information 
  • View your Wake Forest email in the Gmail web interface or Gmail app on your mobile device to leverage warning banners across suspicious messages. 

Want to learn more about phishing emails and how to protect yourself?