As we observe October Security Awareness month, OIT has recently seen a rise in phishing sent via text messaging targeting our students. Scammers are sending text messages to students, claiming that OIT will terminate their account unless they send a code they receive from a different phone number back to the scammer. This is a classic phishing scam. We want all students to be on the lookout and avoid falling victim to the scam.
OIT will never ask anyone for their password, Duo codes, or other sensitive information via text message. If you receive a text message asking for personal information, please do not respond. If you want to verify the message’s legitimacy, call the OIT HelpDesk at 865-974-9900. Otherwise, OIT recommends blocking the sender and deleting the message.
Here are some tips for spotting a phishing text message:
By following these tips, students can protect themselves from phishing scams and keep their personal information safe.