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Phishing Alert: Mailbox Shutdown Notification Scam

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 15:11

 

Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is responding to a new email phishing scam that claims your mailbox will be shut down and your account will be disabled unless you click on a link in the email. The link directs readers to a harmful Web page that looks identical to the My Pitt login page. The email scam may originate from an @pitt.edu address or from an address outside the University. It claims to come from "University of Pittsburgh Management".

The following is a sample of the recent fraudulent email. If you receive this message (or any message similar to it), please report it as a phishing scam by forwarding the email message as an attachment to phish@pitt.edu. Detailed instructions on reporting scams are available at http://technology.pitt.edu/phishingscams.

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Dear Valued Student,

             We received your request to shutdown your mailbox , kindly cancel request if its an error to continue using our services:-

CANCEL REQUEST & RECTIFY THIS PROBLEM   <hyperlink removed>

 

P.s:-No action taken in the next 24hours,your account will be disable.

University of Pittsburgh Managment

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The link in the phishing email directs readers to a malicious Web page that looks identifical to the My Pitt login page. The page attempts to collect your username and password.

Fake My Pitt login page

CSSD strongly recommends that you do not reply to unsolicited emails or emails from unverifiable sources. Avoid clicking on links contained in such emails, as these may lead to sites that contain harmful software. If a link looks suspicious, you can hover over the link with your mouse to preview the URL without clicking on it.

In addition, CSSD recommends that all users install Symantec Endpoint Protection software and use the LiveUpdate feature to get the latest virus definitions. As a complement to Symantec Endpoint Protection, CSSD offers Malwarebytes Premium for individuals and departments at no cost. Students, faculty, and staff can download Malwarebytes and Symantec Endpoint Protection at no cost through the Software Download Service at My Pitt. Departments can submit a help request to obtain Malwarebytes for multiple machines.

Please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP [4357] if you have any questions regarding this announcement.