The FBI has recently identified successful spear phishing campaigns directed at college and university students around the country, especially during periods when financial aid funds are disbursed in large volumes. In general, the spear phishing emails are from cyber criminals posing as academic officials. The emails request that students provide their university username and password. The cyber criminals then gain access to the students’ payment accounts and change the direct deposit destination of financial aid disbursements to bank accounts within the criminal’s control.
Be aware that Pitt will never ask you for your login credentials via email or on the phone. You should not provide your login credentials to anyone. While we have not received similar reports of this scam at Pitt, if you believe this has happened to you, contact the Pitt Police at 412-624-2121.