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Phishing Alert: Fraudulent Job Scam

Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 15:07


Pitt Information Technology has seen a resurgence at the University of an ongoing type of phishing scam that advertises a fraudulent employment opportunity. The current variation of this scam directs recipients to a webpage to provide private contact information, and the scammer then follows up with the supposed details of the job offer. The scammer’s goal is either to defraud the victim or to enlist the victim’s unknowing participation in criminal activity. The scam may be sent from a non-University email address or from compromised accounts of Pitt users.

The following is a sample of the recent scam. Note that this scam message may appear in your junk email or quarantined email folder. Always use caution in responding to messages in these folders. 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: Approved Job Alert For Staffs & Students

It’s a Flexible part-time job where you will determine your working time. All the tasks are work from home/on campus, you don't need to travel somewhere, and you don’t need to have a car to get started.

It’s a home base office work where you can be in any location and work from your home/school.

You can earn up-to $450/Weekly.  To apply, Be sure to visit the link 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.