At the University, 70-80% of our emails are rejected as spam. Although most of the spam sent to Flinders University email addresses is filtered, some of it may inadvertently slip through.
Spam can easily be identified by:
- The email address. A long string of alphanumeric characters before the @ suggests the email is spam.
- What comes after the @. Emails from respected companies or well-established websites will not have an email address from a provider such as firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A sense of urgency. If the email demands action is taken quickly, it is a reasonable indication of spam.
- Links within the message. A legitimate email from a respectable company would ask you to log into your account to make changes, not via an email link.
- Grammatical and spelling errors within the email message.
Spam and phishing emails are closely linked and are often confused however may both have undesirable consequences to University and personal information.