From: Department of Human Resources and Department of Information Technology

Virginia Tech email system users are often bothered by online "phishing" messages. Phishing is the act of sending an email falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft.

Private information requested in phishing email messages often includes user names, account passwords, credit card, social security, or bank account numbers.

Virginia Tech will never request your PID or password by email. No matter how eloquent, realistic, or grammatically correct an email appears to be, if it requests your password or other personal information, it is fake. Do not respond to any email messages requesting your Virginia Tech PID and password. Anyone who requests this information intends to use it in a malicious manner.

If you're unsure about an email, contact the company you normally do business with using your listing of their phone number, email address or website, and ask them to verify the request.

For more information, contact 4Help at 540-231-4357.