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Phishing Alert: Validate Your Mailbox Scam

Monday, July 18, 2016 - 17:00

 

Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is responding to a new email phishing scam that claims you must validate your mailbox or you will lose access to your account. The email scam contains a link to a harmful Web site. The email scam typically originates from an @pitt.edu email address.

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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Subject: VALIDATE YOUR MAILBOX

Due to database maintenance equipment that is happening in our mail message Center. Our message Center must be reset. The maintenance of quarantine will help us avoid this dilemma every day and with the new improved software will provides our  users with a mail system and new security system from hackers to protect our users from getting their accounts being hacked.

To validate your mailbox, kindly CLICK HERE  <hyperlink removed>

WARNING! Account owner, that refuses to update his/her account after Three (3) days of receipt of the notification of this update, your account will be excluded permanently from our  Database we will not be responsible for the loss of account.

Thank You,

Enterprise Information Technology Services (EITS)

University of Pittsburgh

EITS Help Desk

 

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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 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.