Social Engineering

Social engineering is nothing new. It is psychological manipulation that taps into the human psyche by exploiting powerful emotions such as vanity, authority, fear, urgency, curiosity, or greed. Many social engineering attackers rely on victim’s natural willingness to be helpful or the desire for free stuff.

Beware of Social Engineering Attacks

Defend Yourself!

  • Companies you do business with should never ask for your account information, credit card numbers, passwords, or any other personal information in an email or phone call. If you have questions about an email you receive, call the company directly using contact information from their official website.
  • Do not give out personal or financial information from an unsolicited email or phone call you receive. 
  • Protect your computer with anti-virus software which detects and removes malicious software (malware). 
  • Lock down privacy settings on your social media accounts. Do not put personal information on these accounts. Make sure you are making information available only to those you wish to have it.
  • Pay attention to the URL of a website. Malicious web sites may appear legitimate, but the URL may use a variation in spelling or a different domain.
  • Finally, and most importantly, use common sense. A healthy dose of skepticism goes a long way. Verify information. Contact the claimed source. Stop and think about what is being asked of you.

Are You a Victim?

  • If you believe you might have revealed sensitive information about Lamar University, Contact Us immediately. Always report  suspicious or unusual activity.
  • If you believe your financial accounts have been compromised, contact your financial institution immediately, and close any accounts that may be compromised. Watch for any unexplained charges to your account.
  • Immediately change any passwords you might have revealed. If you use the same password for multiple accounts, make sure to change it for each account, and do not use that password in the future.
  • Find out what you need to know about business Identity Theft.
  • Find out what you need to know about personal Identity Theft.