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

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Virus: Secured Doc via SharePoint

Why this looks valid

  • The email appears to be from a Marist user or a colleague using Sharepoint
  • Sharepoint is a valid method of sharing files

Why this is a virus

  • There is not much information in the body of the email, including no specific salutation or greeting to the recipient
  • The purported user who shared the file is too generic, being from an unnamed Finance Manager
  • The View Document link does not go to Sharepoint or any valid file sharing website and leads directly to a malicious file download
  • 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 file shares are a very common method of spreading malware and viruses.  Always be suspicious of unsoliciated emails with file sharing links
  • Did you know:  you can preview links in your email!  In your browser, mouse over the link and you can see where it leads at the bottom of the browser window.  On a mobile device, you can press and hold a link in the email to see a preview. It only takes a few moments to verify a link before you click it!