Emails impersonating City Councilors and City Staff may have been sent to members and businesses
March 6, 2023 at 5:06 p.m.
The City of Oxford has put this reminder out to Citizens.
Friendly Reminder About Phishing Attacks & Your Cybersecurity
It has come to our attention that emails impersonating City Councilors and City Staff may have been sent to members and businesses in our community. With the abundance of phishing attacks occurring, it is a good idea to always be cautious when opening emails. Employ the SLAM method which encourages you to:
Check the sender's name and email address every time an email is received.
- Before clicking on any links, hover your mouse over the link. A destination of that link will pop up in the bottom left corner of your screen - check that they match and/or that it leads where you expect it to.
- Check for attachments and ask yourself: whether that person usually sends you attachments, is the format the same as previous submissions, is the name of the attachment consistent with prior submissions.
- Does the message make sense? If the email is coming from someone you know and regularly email with, check whether the email begins the same way other emails from that person began, whether they use the same vocabulary and whether or not the company signature is the same.
If you get through the SLAM Method and are in doubt whether the email is valid or not, pick up your phone and call the person directly to double check. If you think you may have received an email impersonating a City Councilor or City Staff member, give the Clerk of Council a call at 513-524-5213