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SPAM | Phishing
What is "phishing" and what are the implications for UW/H?
The term phishing refers to attempts to obtain access data from people or systems.
A phishing e-mail may, for example, contain a UW/H sender address and will ask you to enter your access data on a supposed UW/H website.
Your access data entered there will then usually be misused to send thousands of spam e-mails via your account. Our mail server is then registered on the Internet after a short time as a spam spinner and the acceptance of e-mails is then refused by others.
Whenever a mail seems "suspicious" or "strange" to you, it *is*! Please delete this mail then.
2. if you have followed a link you have received by e-mail and are asked to log in on the website, do so only if you are shown an address of the following scheme in the address line of the browser:
"*.uni-wh.de" (asterisk = any text) The dot in front of "uni-wh.de" is important here!
An address like "https://login.owa-uni-wh.de" is therefore not a valid address, even if it may seem so at first glance.
If the displayed address does not correspond to this scheme, then it is not a UW/H website, the mail did not come from us, and you are about to fall for a phishing attempt. Close the page and delete the mail!
3. never open attachments of mails that have been sent to you unsolicited or from unknown senders!
IMPORTANT: A sender is not "known" if you are familiar with the name displayed by your e-mail software, but only if the actual sender address of the e-mail matches the displayed name!
In case of doubt, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Can't the university filter out SPAM and phishing mails?
The SMTP protocol used for mail delivery dates back to the early days of the Internet and unfortunately offers little possibility to reliably determine the seriousness of senders.
Non-delivery of desired and possibly even urgently needed mails is to be avoided, so we cannot set the filter rules too aggressively.
Therefore, a rest of unwanted mails, can hardly be avoided.