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Phishing Alert: Wire Transfer Department Payment Scam

Friday, July 15, 2016 - 16:23

 

Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is responding to a new email phishing scam that claims to contain instructions for payment. The email scam actually contains a harmful PDF file and a link to a malicious Web site. The subject of the phishing email is typically "Kindly find the attached instruction for payments".

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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Release code#: MAVI/GGPC/EGG/MINU/2016
Swift Code: BP MT101 IN,
A/C#: *****************
Our Ref: CBG/IRD/CBX/021/07/2016
Message Dated:06/15/16
 
Hello,
 
Kindly find the attached instruction for payment and confirm the bank
details before we proceed to avoid mistake.
 
Kindly download,view and confirm its all correct through a PC/Laptop.
Note Please: The document is compatible to view via Adobe Reader PDF via a
PC/Laptop as stated above.
 
Thanks & Regards
Phone:
USA
Wire Transfer Department.
(c)Smart Business 2016

 

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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.