A phishing scam is a legitimate-looking email that appears to come from a well-known and trustworthy organization or website but is really an attempt to gather personal and financial information from a recipient.

This April Fools Day, avoid getting hooked by a phishing attempt by following a few precautions:

  • Be suspicious of any email with urgent requests for personal information.
  • Never share passwords, personal information, or financial information over email.
  • Don’t trust offers that seem too good to be true.
  • Do not click links in email messages if you suspect the message might not be authentic or if you don’t know the sender.

If you would like to report a phishing attempt or you have questions about the validity of an email you have received, please contact security@uchicago.edu. Be sure to include the full email header, which contains important information for IT security.