An image of a letter being caught by a fishing pole with the text "Gone Phishing"

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Why this looks valid

  • The email appears to be from a Marist user, or a colleague from another institution

Why this is a virus

  • The attachment is an excel file, which is a common way to send infected files
  • There is not much information in the body of the email, including no specific salutation or greeting to the recipient
  • Grammar errors, spelling errors, and generic salutations and sign-offs are usually indicative of a suspicious email

Additional notes

  • A phone call to the alleged sender would quickly verify if this is a legitimate email. It only takes a few minutes to pick up the phone!
  • Report it to Microsoft. In Outlook on the Web, click the Junk menu, and select Phishing
  • Unsolicited attachments in email are a very common method of spreading malware and viruses.  Always be suspicious of unsoliciated emails with attachments
  • Did you know:  Microsoft OneDrive can scan files for malicious content.  It is a good practice to look at attachments first using the Outlook Web client in preview mode.  However, it is still safest to report it to for a consult from our cybersecurity team