Email Safety

5 simple tips to avoid email scams

Email scams remain the top cause of data breaches in 2017, this is why it is important that everyone learn and follow good security awareness techniques.

  • Click with caution. Do not click links in an unexpected email. Do not open unexpected attachments. Even if you know the sender it is best to contact them for verification if the message is unexpected.
  • Protect your password. Never reply to an email asking for your NWTC password. The Help Desk will never ask you for your password in an email.
  • Beware shortened URLs. Shortened URLs (TinyURL/ can redirect you anywhere, including malicious websites that would steal your personal information or infect your computer with malware. Prior to clicking a shortened URL, paste the link into a "URL expander" or use a browser add-on to view the actual destination.
  • Work vs. personal email. Use separate email accounts for work and personal use.  Not only is this helpful if you suddenly change employers, it will protect you and your organization from email scams.
  • Report suspicious email. Not sure if it is a scam? Report it anyway to Timely reporting protects others by allowing IIT to block the email and malicious links. 

Being skeptical of unexpected emails, texts, and phone calls will go a long way in protecting yourself and the campus community.


Become familiar with the key differences between phishing (scam) and spam (junk) email. Spam is generally understood to be an unsolicited commercial message, aka JUNK.  Phishing is the term used to describe a message attempting to trick you into open a malicious link, attachment or provide sensitive information.

  • Email scams and fraud should be reported by forwarding the message to
  • Spam (junk) email can be blocked by following these instructions (NWTC Staff).

2-Step Verification is now available for NWTC Student Email

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Protect yourself and your customers with Blind Carbon Copy

Every email has three sender options for including an email address: To, CC, and BCC.  Blind carbon copy allows the sender of an email message to conceal the person entered in the BCC field from the other recipients.

This is especially important when sending a group message to external contacts not affiliated with each other, so you're not exposing email adddresses without permission.

BCC also helps prevent the dreaded accidental “reply all”.  Most importantly, using the BCC field can help prevent scam emails and targeted phishing attacks against your organization.

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