This month, IT Services is sharing a three-part series of Training Tips on the different types of phishing. Even if you follow best practices to avoid these deceptive messages, it’s important to know the different types of social engineering being used so you can help protect yourself and others from phishing scams.

The term for this week is spear phishing. This kind of attack involves often very well-crafted messages that come from what looks like a trusted VIP source, often in a hurry, targeting those who can conduct financial transactions on behalf of your organization.

If you work closely with leaders on campus, look out for these emails. Visit the UChicago Information Security website for more information on avoiding these scams and to see recent examples.