Phishing and SPAM

We've seen an uptick in Phishing attempts in the last few months. Scammers typically use emotion and urgency to get you to click and respond.

  • Be suspicious of messages about internships, job offers that pay an extraordinary amount per week.
  • Please pay attention to the email sender's details. You may see a familiar name, but look at the email sender's details, and it probably reveals a scammer's address.
  • Be suspicious of attachments, unexpected DocuSign links, and forms. These are very common ways to collect your login credentials.
  • Obvious typos are another sign of a scammer's email. (hoping this email doesn't have any) 😊
  • Pay attention to the bottom of your email. If you see a yellow banner like this, It was sent from outside the College.[EXTERNAL EMAIL] Exercise caution before clicking on links or opening attachments.
  • Sometimes, Pomona accounts do get compromised by scammers, and they then have access to the address book. Please be extra cautious when you receive these and let us know.
  • Before clicking, verify with the ITS team. We'd be happy to help.
  • Use the Report Message tool in Outlook to report Phishing and Spam
  • Most importantly, ITS will never ask you for passwords or for you to verify your account.

Phishing: A digital form of social engineering that uses authentic-looking—but bogus—e-mails to request information from users or direct them to a fake Web site that requests information.

Spam: Electronic junk mail or the abuse of electronic messaging systems to indiscriminately send unsolicited bulk messages.

Please let us know if you ever accidentally share your account information. We can help you change your password and ensure your account is A-OK. or 909-621-8061