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What is phishing?


Phishing is the act of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

Report a phishing email

If you receive an email that you feel is a phishing attempt please forward the email to the following address: phishing@eiu.edu

Once submitted we will be able to proactively protect against this threat. 




Phish Tank

We receive phishing attacks on a regular basis. Check out our recent catches in the Phish Tank. 

The Phish Tank

Account Compromised...Now What??

When your account has been identified as compromised the ITS department will lock your account. Once locked you will not be able to access your email.

To resolve this you will need to call the Help Desk at 217-581-4357 to reset your password and unlock your account. 



Tips to Avoid Phishing Scams 

  • EIU will not use email to ask for account information, passwords, or other sensitive information.
  • When in doubt about suspicious emails, report and then delete it.
  • Look for unfamiliar or misspelled words and company names.
  • Never click on links, download files or attachments from unknown senders

More Information

  • On average 33,000 phishing attack occur per month
  • A total of $687 million has been loss due to phishing
  • 45% of phishing attacks are successful in obtaining account information
  • Top attacks are successful through trusting fake emails from banks, service providers, and professional network colleagues/business associates