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Be Wary of Nepal Earthquake Disaster Email Scams

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 15:06


Computing Services and Systems Development would like to remind you to be on the lookout for potential email scams related to the recent earthquake in Nepal. These phishing emails may contains links or attachments that direct you to Web sites that are infected with malicious software or that attempt to convince you to share sensitive information. Phishing scams and Web sites that request donations for fraudulent charitable organizations often begin circulating after natural disasters.

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) encourages individuals to take the following measures to protect themselves:

  • Do not follow unsolicited Web links or attachments in email messages.
  • Maintain up-to-date anti-virus software. Pitt students, faculty, and staff can install Symantec Endpoint Protection at no cost from the Software Download Service at My Pitt ( As a complement to Symantec Endpoint Protection, CSSD offers a free version of Malwarebytes through the Software Download Service.
  • Review the Federal Trade Commission's Charity Checklist.
  • Verify the legitimacy of the email by contacting the organization directly through a trusted contact number. Trusted contact information can be found on the Better Business Bureau National Charity Report Index.
  • Refer to the Security Tip (ST04-014) on Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more information on social engineering attacks.

 Please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP [4357] if you have any questions regarding this announcement.