October is National Cyber Security Month, which is a good time to review phishing techniques.

Phishing is a cyberattack where fraudulent emails sent from seemingly reputable sources attempt to trick you into revealing personal information.

Phishing attacks have become more frequent and advanced, and they pose a significant threat to everyone.

Example of Phishing

Someone could be impersonating Dr. Sara Rusch and request you to purchase items that would contain account codes and security numbers on them. They will ask you to purchase items and give them all the information.  Your job is to call their bluff and not proceed with the request. The next step is to verify that it is legit, which you will probably find out it is not. When in doubt call CIS.

What to Do if You Suspect Phishing

  • Do not click on any links in the email
  • Do not provide any personal information
  • Call CIS at 309-671-3400 or email [email protected]

Test Your Phishing Knowledge

CIS recommends taking the ACCC’s phishing quizzes:

Quiz 1

Quiz 2

Quiz 3

Quiz 4