How do I Identify Suspicious Emails & What do I do with them?



All faculty, staff and students should follow these steps when they receive a suspicious or unusual email.

TECH TIP: If you do not recognize the sender's email address, or if the subject and body of the email seem suspicious, forward the email to Remember, do not click on any links within the email or open any attachments.  


Identifying a Suspicious Email

  1. Do you trust the person the email was sent from?
  2. Does the email have an attachment? 
    • If the answer is "Yes," :
      • Only open attachments from senders you trust.
      • Were you expecting the attachment?
      • Is the attachment is password protected?
      • Always be cautious with email attachments when deciding whether or not to open them.
      • If you think the attachment is suspicious, forward the email to
  3. Does the email have grammar/spelling errors?
    • If the answer is "Yes," that is often a key indicator that the email is suspicious; forward the email to
  4. Do not click on any links in an email you think may be suspicious.
    1.  Instead, forward the email to

What to do with Suspicious Emails


  1. If you think you have received a suspicious email, forward the email to
  2. Once it is forwarded, delete the email.

If you need further assistance, please send an email to or CHAT with TAC.

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