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Phishing is a cyber crime that uses tactics like deceptive emails, websites, and text messages to steal confidential information from individuals or organizations. Cyber criminals use stolen information like addresses, names, and social insurance numbers to apply for credit cards or loans, open bank accounts, and commit other fraudulent activity.

During Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Carleton community will begin receiving safe and simulated phishing emails, automatically generated by our systems, to help faculty, staff and students better recognize what a phishing email might look like. These emails will be modelled after real-life emails that have arrived in Carleton email inboxes in the past. If a user clicks on a link in the email, they will be taken to an informational page outlining ways to stay safe online. This page will be hosted on a Carleton site and will encourage viewers to sign up for the security awareness courses mentioned above.

Importantly, participants, including those who click on links in the simulated phishing emails, are not being evaluated. This initiative is for informational and education purposes only, and those who click on simulated phishing links will only be encouraged to learn more about how to stay safe online.

A graphic with the words Cyber Security Awareness Month 2021, a mouse pointer arrow and a lock. Phishing campaign poster.

Learn more about phishing

Interested in learning more? Read our informational page and learn how to use our Report Phishing button.

Cyber security doesn’t end after October, so watch the ITS web site and @Carleton_IT on Twitter for information about new campaigns, tips and tricks as they become available.

If you have any questions, please contact ITS Security.

Thank you in advance for your participation!