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Phishing Alert: Email Scam Offers Fake Job Opportunity

Monday, October 19, 2020 - 12:45


Pitt Information Technology is responding to a variation of a recent email phishing scam that claims to be soliciting applications for a job opportunity. The current version of the scam involves a position as a personal assistant. Such scams attempt to obtain sensitive personal data, such as bank account information.

The following is a sample of a 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 Detailed instructions on reporting scams are available at


Subject: Personal Assistant Part-Time Job
Position: Personal Assistant Part-Time (Work-Remotely)
Pay: 350.00 (Weekly)
Hours: 9 hours Average (Weekly)
Currently searching for an enthusiastic candidate to assist a busy professional who owns and operates multiple businesses in the area (including production and customer service-oriented businesses).
Produce reports, presentations and briefs
Manage diary, schedule meetings and appointments
Monitor personal expenses and overseeing monthly/annual budgets for projects
Make travel arrangements
Act as the point of contact between the manager and internal/external clients
MS Office and English proficiency
Outstanding organizational and time management skills
Up to date with latest Google applications and calendar
Ability to multitask and prioritize daily reminders
Eligible to work in USA
Interested in applying for the above position? Send a copy of your Resume/Cover Letter to <malicious address removed>
Thank you
<name removed>


Pitt IT strongly recommends that you do not reply to unsolicited emails or emails from unverifiable sources. If you were not expecting to receive such an email, confirm with the sender prior to interacting with the message. If you must interact with the message, avoid clicking on links contained in such emails. These may lead to sites that contain malicious software, or sites that attempt to steal your credentials. If a link looks suspicious, you can hover over the link with your mouse to preview the URL without clicking on it.

In addition, Pitt IT recommends that all students, faculty, and staff install Antivirus and Anti-Malware (Malwarebytes) Protection. 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.