COVID-19 Phishing Awareness Alert

There have been reported cases of phishing and fraud at Bowdoin, and other institutions, aimed at taking advantage of the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. Cyber criminals are always looking for new opportunities and we must be especially vigilant right now to prevent them from taking advantage of this crisis.

Taking Action

Stay Alert
Be critical of unsolicited or unexpected email messages or communications, especially messages that instill a sense of fear or urgency.

Click with Caution
If you receive any unsolicited or suspicious messages and you are not sure if they are legitimate, report the email to the service desk.

Verify Information
If you are unsure of information that you have received electronically about the Colleges' response to COVID-19 do not click on any links or download attachments. The most current and accurate information is always available on Bowdoin's COVID-19 website.

Additional Information

What is phishing?
Phishing is an attempt to criminally and fraudulently acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, or credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. This includes email, telephone or text messages.

What can I do to prevent falling for a phishing attack?
Taking the actions above is key. Be vigilant when evaluating any digital communications and always verify the information from the source.

What action do I take if I know it is phishing?
Delete it. These emails are generated by the same computers who bring spam to your inbox on a daily basis and reporting them does very little good. Never click on a link in a fraudulent email or message; it may make matters worse by introducing viruses to your computer. 

Report suspected spam or phishing attempts