What is email spoofing?

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Email spoofing occurs when a scammer mimics a trusted sender’s email address. Determining the authenticity of the email can sometimes be a challenge, because the request’s origin may appear legitimate (e.g., from the President, CFO, or CIO). 
 
The best way to spot a spoofed email is not by the sender’s address but by the nature of the request. Michigan Tech IT recommends that you always verify over the phone with the sender if you are requested to send information such as:
  • Username

  • Password

  • Account information to transfer money for an unknown payment

  • Confidential data

IT wants you to be safe and to not be a victim of a cybertheft. You are not in this alone; our staff is constantly on the lookout, too.
 
If you have any questions about email spoofing or what you should do if you receive a strange request, please contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 7-1111.