New security notice can help you spot phishing scams

The campus, prompted by the seven or eight phishing scams that have peppered UC Davis email users since spring, is adding a new security notice to the standard log-in page that protects dozens of campus services.

The goal is to help staff, students and faculty spot deceptive email messages by listing the kind of information the scams usually ask for--information the campus would never ask for in an email.

Here's the notice:

IMPORTANT SECURITY NOTIFICATION

Your campus computing account Login ID and Password should only be used when you authenticate to campus Web sites and online services.

UC Davis will never ask you to confirm or verify your computing account by providing your password via telephone or email. Requests that ask you to reply to an email or visit a non-campus affiliated Web site to confirm or verify your account by providing your password are called phishing scams. DO NOT RESPOND TO THESE REQUESTS even if they appear to come from an email address ending with "ucdavis.edu".

If you think you have provided your password or other personal information in response to a phishing scam, contact the IT Express Computing Services Help Desk immediately at 530-754-HELP (4357).