Cybersecurity Hub

Is it a malicious or phishing email?

  • A phishing email asks you to perform an action. Usually the action is clicking on a link or opening an attachment. However, hackers can also ask you to wire money or forward confidential information.
  • If you follow the action you experience financial loss, data loss or identify theft.
Before you click on a link or open an attachment:
  • Give the email 100% of your attention
  • Read the email on a large screen
  • If you know the sender or they are a affiliated with MRU, contact them by phone to verify that they have sent the email
  • If you know the organization, visit their website using a bookmark or Google search result
  • If you do not know the sender, the organization or they are not affiliated with MRU consider it a phishing email

If you receive an email and you are not sure what to do with it, use the Processing Emails Flowchart. However, if it is not feasible or practical to follow these guidelines, look for phishing red flags before you click on a link or open an attachment.

If you receive an email with any of these red flags, it may be a phishing email.Phishing Red Flags

If you determine that you have received a phishing or malicious email, report the incident.