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Phishing Alert: Work-From-Home Job Opportunity Scam

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - 12:09


Pitt Information Technology has identified an email phishing scam targeting students, faculty, and staff claiming to be soliciting applications for a work-from-home job opportunity. The scam appears to originate from a legitimate email address and may falsely offer part-time work with UNICEF. Scammers may attempt to convince individuals who respond to share their University credentials or provide some form of monetary payment.  

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: Work From Home Job Opportunity

To whom it may concern,

I am sharing a Job Information to students who might be interested in a Paid Unicef Part-Time Job to make up to $500 (USD) weekly

Attached is further information about the employment schedule, If interested kindly contact Dr. Susan Albrecht with your alternative email address for urgent details of employment


Academy Career Opportunity.


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 24/7 IT Help Desk at 412-624-HELP (4357) if you have any questions regarding this announcement.