What is phishing?

Phishing refers to emails from online criminals designed to trick you into sharing personal information such as your username and password, your birthday, your mother’s maiden name, social security numbers, credit card and bank account information.


During the year, you may receive many e-mail messages asking for your user name and password to various electronic accounts. These messages often look official, and sometimes include logos and other information to make the message look legitimate. The messages may even carry the name of a person you know to be trusted, such as a University official or another well-recognized name.

These messages are known as “phishing”, and represent attempts by bad actors to gain access to your electronic account(s).

ALL such messages are fraudulent, and are never sent by Northeastern University or any other legitimate business.

NEVER reply to any message seeking your username and / or password. Instead, immediately delete the message.

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More Information:

Google.com: Stay Safe Online – Phishing

On Guard Online: Phishing