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Phishing Alert: Payroll Message Scam Links to Malicious Website

Thursday, August 26, 2021 - 17:39


Pitt Information Technology has identified another email phishing scam targeting the University. This new scam claims to contain a link to an important payroll message. The link in the email actually directs users to a fake Pitt login page where they are prompted to provide their username and password. The scam originates from an external email address.

The following is a sample of the recent scam. 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

If you provided your username and password after clicking the link in the scam, please reset your University password at as soon as possible.


Subject: Important Notification

You have 1 New Payroll Message

Click here to read

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Clicking the link in the email takes the reader to a fake login page like the one shown below:

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.