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Phishing Alert: pitt.edu Account Suspension

Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 15:00

 

Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is aware of a new email phishing scam that claims your pitt.edu account has been suspended and you must click a link to verify your account. The link actually directs readers to a harmful Web site.

The following is a sample of the recent fraudulent email. If you receive this message (or any message similar to it), delete it without replying, opening any attachments, or clicking on any links within the email.

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Subject: Admin

Your pitt.edu account has been temporally suspended, and this means that you  will not be able to send and receive new email messages. This is because of the  on-going yearly web maintenance and deleting of inactive  pitt.edu accounts. You are then requested to verify your  pitt.edu account below for upgrading.

Click Or Open this link to VERIFY your Account: CLICK HERE

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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 a free version of Malwarebytes for individuals and departments. 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.