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Phishing and Spoofing

Angler.jpgPhishing fraudsters forge e-mails and websites to get access to confidential data such as passwords, access data and credit card numbers.

Via a link the recipient is led to a "fake" website that usually resembles a familiar website (this is also called "spoofing").
Fraud e-mails are not only sent out in the name of commercial providers such as banks, Amazon, PayPal or eBay, but have also been sent out in the name of the University of Bonn and the HRZ in the past.
If you receive an e-mail that requests your username and password, please ignore it and do not reply under any circumstances. In case you are asked to log into a website that looks similar to websites of the HRZ or the University of Bonn but is not listed on the University of Bonn server, please refrain from doing so.
When you are not sure whether you are dealing with a phishing e-mail or not, you should look up the website from which the e-mail has allegedly been sent. To look up the information of the website, never use the possibly fake link in the e-mail, but manually type in the correct internet address of the respective institution.
If you receive suspicious e-mails that are allegedly sent from the HRZ or other institutions of the University of Bonn, you can forward them to this e-mail address: [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]. In case you have unintentionally disclosed your access data, please get in contact with our InfoPoint immediately.
You can learn about identifying phishing in general on the pages of the BSI (German). At the Phishing-Radar (German) of the consumer advice center of North Rhine-Westphalia, you can find information on current phishing incidents and learn about characteristics of phishing e-mails.
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