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Phishing Alert: New Variation On Fake Job Opportunity Scam

Thursday, February 16, 2023 - 14:21

Pitt Information Technology is aware of another variation of the recent job opportunity phishing scams targeting the University of Pittsburgh community. The latest version of the scam appears to originate from a address and advertises a fictitious job as an administrative assistant. The message may use a variety of Subjects and asks recipients reply with their school schedule and an alternate email address. Below is a sample of the scam:





Some DEPARTMENTS seek Assistants to assist some visiting professors by providing basic admin-duties remotely.

The Assistant will maintain and Liaise with staff, other DEPTS, and/or external organization concerning matters regarding assigned work as well as coordinating with the Director.

Weekly-Salary: $400 ($350 +$50 for miscellaneous + tax)

If Interested. Get in touch with [email address redacted] with an ALTERNATlVE EMAlL ADDRESS as well as your school schedule.


If you received 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

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 +1-412-624-HELP (4357) if you have any questions regarding this announcement.