Do not share, provide or enter your computer/e-mail account username or password to anyone either over the phone, by e-mail or a web link.
SD47 never sends unsolicited e-mails requesting personal or account information.
Although our email is currently protected by Ministry of Education filters which attempt to prevent these phishing emails from getting through, it is impossible to block them all.
If you receive an email message that you suspect may be a phishing attempt, delete the message immediately.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the IT Department at local 2618.
What is phishing?
Phishing attacks use “spoofed” emails and fraudulent websites that are designed to fool recipients into divulging personal financial data such as credit card numbers, account usernames and passwords, social insurance numbers, etc.
By hijacking the trusted brands of well-known banks, online retailers and credit card companies or masquerading as IT administrators, phishers are able to convince recipients to supply their personal information.
Banks and legitimate financial institutions never send unsolicited e-mails requesting personal information.
Phishers typically include upsetting or exciting (but false) statements in their emails to get people to react immediately.
Ramifications (for the user)
When you have been “phished” your email account is compromised and may be used to send out thousands of (spam) email messages or access your personal information.
If your credit card or banking information has been acquired, it may be used to transfer funds out of your account or make transactions without your authorization.
Ramifications (for the district)
Unfortunately, the problem doesn’t end with an individual’s email account being compromised. When an email account sends thousands of (spam) email messages, the system they are sent from is “blacklisted” and deemed disreputable by the recipient email system. Email systems use reputations and other criteria to allow email into an organization. Email from systems with bad reputations may be blocked from reaching those organizations; this is what the district email system recently experienced.
It may take up to a month to recover from bad email system reputations.