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Tax season is phishing season

Avoid these traps and you won't get caught

March 7, 2022 — 

This Fraud Awareness Month, our IST Security and Compliance team wants to help staff and faculty identify a “phishy” message. This Thursday, March 10, you may receive a phishing test.  

What to look for

Look for the UM external warning tag. This is the warning at the top of any email that comes from outside of the University of Manitoba. It is a sure indicator that if the message sounds suspicious, it probably is.  

The test will also have the following signs that something looks “phishy”: 

  • Sender address does not match the sender’s name 
  • Grammar, spelling and/or formatting mistakes 
  • Strange or incorrect URLs 
  • A sense of urgency in the content 
  • A request for sensitive information 
  • A nondescript or generic email signature 

Don’t get caught! 

If you feel you have received a phishing email, report it to spam [at] umanitoba [dot] ca.  

For more information about phishing attacks, visit the Information Security and Compliance web page at 

For more tips about online safety visit, “What is online safety? 

The IST Security and Compliance Team thanks you for your ongoing attention to our cybersecurity efforts.  

Remember: Information Security Starts with You! 


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