Security: Protect your Account from Phishing

What is Phishing?

"Phishing" is a fraudulent activity of sending emails posing as a legitimate person or company in order to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, credit cards, and gift cards . They send out e-mails which appear to come from legitimate websites such as banking institutions, corporations, or even Columbus State. The emails may state your information needs updated or validated and asks that you enter your username and password (and possibly additional personal information). 

Columbus State will never ask you to:

  • enter your login credentials
  • validate or verify that you need an account

If you are a victim of Phishing

Steps to take i​​​​f you believe you have entered personal information (password, secret question answers) into a phishing site:

  1. Change your compromised information immediately by going to and clicking Change My Password

    Compromised information may include:
    1. Password
    2. Secret questions / Answers
  2. Report  the email for further investigation by forwarding it as an attachment to:

Suspicious Emails

If you receive a suspicious email, don't click any links. Report it to the Information Security Office at Columbus State to investigate by forwarding it as an attachment to:

Learn More

Learn more about phishing & scams, password best practices, malware dangers, and more by watching short awareness videos here:

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