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Email Phishing: how you could be on the hook

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Emails that ask you to "verify" your account details are some of the ways scammers are using to hack into your accounts. Emails that ask you to "verify" your account details are some of the ways scammers are using to hack into your accounts.
Tom Webb explained how scammers are finding success."They create a sense of urgency in the email to make you click quick and not think." Tom Webb explained how scammers are finding success."They create a sense of urgency in the email to make you click quick and not think."

By: Allison McHugh

University of South Carolina student email accounts have been flooded with spam emails as spammers try to steal student information. The USC's Director of Information Security Tom Webb says scammers are making huge amounts of money after getting into these accounts.

"They make money off of these things. they make millions of dollars a month through spam. also a user name and password on the black market will go for a couple pennies and they'll sell a couple thousand in bulk and then bad guys can use them for whatever," Webb said.

The fake emails try to create a sense of urgency so that you think you must click on the link quickly to avoid a problem. For example, scammers have been claiming an account will expire if you do not renew your account right now.

"We don't ever expire your account, for any reason. You won't ever get an email saying click this link," Webb said.

Webb also urged that anyone with a university account could be at risk.

"Faculty, staff, students-- anyone really that has a university email is at risk," Webb said. "Sometimes we've had a thousand reported in a day,"  he continued.

Webb's best advice, is to stay aware and be proactive.

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