How can I tell if an email is a phishing scheme or legitimate?


What is a Phishing Scheme?

  • Phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

How can I tell if my inbox has a phishing email?

There are many examples of how to determine if the email you just received is a scam email. Let's take a look at this example to breakdown the red flags.


How do I configure my email client from Housing?

Incoming Server Type: IMAP

Incoming Server Name:

Outgoing Server Name:

How do I view my IMAP folders in (al)pine?

  • At the Main Menu, type S or select SETUP.
  • Type L, for collectionLists
  • Type A, for Add Cltn
  • Nickname   : Type a name for your IMAP folder list
    Server     :<username>/ssl (where <username> is your login name)
    Path       :
    View       :
  • Type Ctrl-X (^X) to exit/save
  • Type E, to Exit Setup

You can also edit your .pinerc file
               "IMAP nickname" {<username>/ssl}[]

How do I create sub-folders (nested folders) in Thunderbird?

Subfolders (nested folders) allow you to organize your mailboxes in multiple levels of folders. This can be helpful in sorting and managing large numbers of mailboxes.

When you use the New Folder... command in Thunderbird, by default it creates an actual mailbox within your IMAP folder or your Local Folders. You cannot add a subfolder to a mailbox.

To nest folders within your IMAP directory on the server:

How do I train SpamAssassin to improve its recognition of spam (unwanted mail) and ham (desirable mail)?

In order for SpamAssassin to be accurate, you must train it on your specific mail patterns. SpamAssassin has a Bayesian classifier that can be used to help refine the classification of spam mail. The sa-learn interface allows you to train SpamAssassin to recognize good mail and junk mail.

You need to train with both spam and ham mails. One type of mail alone will not have any effect.

To filter for spam: