Look Before You Link

An offer for free materials to add to your web page may seem like a good deal and an opportunity to do help someone out, but it might not add any value and instead direct your visitors to a location they may find confusing or annoying.

Before you provide someone free publicity, enhance their presence in web searches, and give them some unearned credibility, check out what's being offered. Instead of clicking on the link, search for details about the organization and sender to see if it is legitimate.

The following is an example of such a solicitation.


From: David Patterson <dpatterson @pacificmedicaltraining.com>
Date: Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 9:30 AM
Subject: Medical scribe experience
To: jcarberry @brown.edu

Hello

My name is David and I work for Pacific Medical Training. A colleague of mine may have reached out to you a while back from an email address he no longer uses and as a result, we may not have received your reply. At any rate, we have created an informative page for anyone looking into becoming a medical scribe and after looking at your website for Brown University I noticed that your students may benefit from it.

If you are interested, I would like to have the link to my article: https://scribeschool.net/ on your web page https://www.brown.edu/jcarberry.

Let me know your thoughts!

David Patterson
Editorial Staff
Pacific Medical Training
1-800-417-1748, Ext. 108
https://twitter.com/cprmachine

Phishing
Phishing Email (on campus)

Written by pfalcon@brown.edu on