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Verizon Spam sent from the eku.edu domain is being spoofed & sent through Verizon servers & not originating from EKU

Why would someone do this?

The word 'spoof' means 'falsified' so when an email is being spoofed it means that the sender is falsifying parts of the email.  Usually they will use a domain, such as eku.edu or paypal.com, to make their email look more legitimate.

Usually these emails are sent as a part of a phishing attack to steal passwords and login names.  Sometimes they are to market online services or sell you a bogus product like scareware.  They can even contain viruses!

How can I recognize and defend against spoof emails?

Always be skeptical!  If you don't think the email is truthful or the sender legitimate, don't click on links or open attachments!  If it seems too good to be true--it probably is.  And a great rule of thumb, if it's unsolicited, it's a high probability that it is a phishing email.

  • Never, ever click a link to your bank or financial institution from an email
  • Never give your login information in an unsolicited email
  • Use strong passwords
  • Do not buy anything from an email you didn't ask for
  • Watch out for job postings that look too good
  • Do not give out your personal information or social security number
  • Learn to use a browser's security features
  • Ignore web site pop-ups saying you have a virus or your software is out-of-date

UPDATE: According to Verizon customer service, all "Verizon Customers receiving these messages...[should]... report them as spam via the "Spam" button in the Verizon Webmail, or forward them as an attachment to spam@verizon to allow them to be scored as spam which will allow us to block them."

UPDATE: To help us keep track of those who are getting spam, please forward your spam emails to it.security@eku.edu

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Last Update: 8/3/15 at 2:30 p.m.

Published on August 01, 2015

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