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Phising E-mails

Some employees have recently reported receiving phishing e-mails to their e-mail accounts. Phishing is an increasingly common type of spam. Scammers send “spoofed” e-mails that appear to come from a legitimate website. They ask for personal details, link to websites that might look real but are meant to steal information, or link to other malicious content.

Ways to spot a Phishing E-mail:

  1. The e-mail has improper spelling or grammar
  2. The hyperlinked URL is different than the one shown
  3. The e-mail urges you to take immediate action
  4. The e-mail requests personal information
  5. The e-mail states you have won a contest you have not entered
  6. The e-mail asks you to make a donation
  7. The e-mail includes suspicious attachments

 Below are two examples recently received by Zane State College employees.

The red areas are covering the employee’s e-mail address. Tipoffs that this is a phishing e-mail include the poor grammar, the low-quality logo image, and an incorrect URL in the link. Zane State College’s Blackboard URL is


Note that the mailto e-mail address is, which is not an IRS e-mail account. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by e-mail, text message, or social media to request personal or financial information.

Please forward any emails that you feel are phishing for personal information or are fraudulent in any way to the Technology Solutions Center.