Written by Ebenezer Iledun, Information Security Architect, Planning, Informatics & Analytics

The Information Security team is launching a new monthly information series to build awareness of existing cyber security threats and how you can avoid them. This month, learn how to recognize and avoid phishing scams.

Welcome to a new monthly information series in The Beat from Information Security where we'll explore a different cyber security threat and provide tips on how to avoid them. This month's topic: phishing.

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If you’ve ever received an email with a similar subject line, you’ve most likely encountered an attempted phishing scam. Hopefully you recognized the scam and deleted the email, but sometimes they’re not that easy to spot.

What is phishing?

Phishing is the practice of sending scam emails that claim to be from a trusted source in order to get you to provide important information or click on links that will infect your computer with malware.

How to spot a phish

Phishing emails will commonly mimic well-known companies and contain misspelled words, threats and links that appear legitimate. See the highlighted text in the image below, for example.

Phishing Email

Don’t get hooked

To avoid a phishing scam, do not click on links or fill out forms in suspicious emails, even if they appear to be from someone you know and especially if the email is urging you to update your username, password or other personal information.

Remember, phishing emails might look legitimate; however, Fraser Health and other reputable companies will never threaten or ask you to provide personal information over email.

If you receive a suspicious email delete it and contact the Service Desk at 604-585-5544 or

For more tips on how to recognize and avoid phishing scams, watch this video from the Government of Canada.

Each month in The Beat we will explore different cyber security threats and teach you how to avoid them. Up next: protecting yourself from fraud and identity theft.

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