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Email behaviour and phishing

Here you can find information about how to spot a phishing email. 

If you are in doubt whether or not an email is phishing, you can always contact your local IT support or the Information Security Department. 


Typical features of phishing emails

  • Requests that you act now – E.g. before your account is closed, before the money is withdrawn.
    (1 - see example below)
  • Requests to disclose confidential information via a link in the mail or by answering the mail, for example passwords or account information.
    (2 - see example below)
  • Requests to open attached files.
  • Links which appear to be official or familiar at first glance, but which reveal a different destination when you move your mouse over them.
    (3 - see example below)
  • A sender address which is revealed not to be official on closer inspection. For example Aarhus University <aarhusuniversity12@gmail.com>
    (4 - see example below)

Find more information about phishing. 

Example of a phishing email


What is phishing?

Phishing is an attempt to use email to cheat you into providing sensitive information or installing malware. Phishing mails do this by attempting to fool you into thinking that their senders are trustworthy entities. Never open attached files or click links in mails which you suspect might be attempts at phishing.

If the damage has been done

In the event that you receive a phishing mail and accidentally click on a link, provide sensitive personal information or open an attached file, contact your local IT support team immediately so that we can limit the damage and correct the problem as quickly as possible. 

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