Please beware of phishing emails circulating on campus with subject of: “BMO Alert:  Email Address Deleted”  and appears to be from Bank of Montreal (BMO).  This is a phishing attempt/email and it should be deleted immediately.

Do not reply to the message, do not open the attachment and do not provide your email and/or account information.

If you have already opened the attachment or have already responded to this email, please change your password immediately.

How can you tell if an email is a phishing attempt?

• It asks you for your password or directs you to a web form asking for your password
• If the link within the body of the message points to a non-Carleton email address
• The subject line is in all caps
• There is a call for immediate action – “download this now” or “confirm you email identity now” or “click on the link below”
• There are spelling or grammatical errors in the email

How you can reduce Spam?

• Do not open an email that looks like Spam.
• Just delete it. Simply opening the message can send a read receipt message back to the spammer confirming that your e-mail account is active.

Do not reply to a Spam message.

Spammers will regard this as a ‘hit’ and your e-mail account will be confirmed as active.

Do not make your e-mail address available on web pages.

Use an alternate e-mail address when using Usenet newsgroups. Spammers use harvesting software that surfs the Internet to glean e-mail addresses from web sites and newsgroups. An alternate e-mail address will protect your Carleton e-mail address and help reduce the amount of spam received at Carleton. Free e-mail services are readily available from many sources.

Guard your e-mail address carefully.

Do not give your e-mail address to web sites unless you are sure what they are going to do with it. Read any terms of use and privacy statements. Many greeting card and joke-of-the-day websites gather e-mail addresses for spam use. Never subscribe your friends to a web site as you may be giving their address to a spammer.