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Email Scam Alert: My Proposal

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 09:23


Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is responding to reports of a new email scam being received by members of the University community. The email is titled “My Proposal” and asks recipients to reply to the email in order to learn how to receive a large sum of money.

If you receive this message (or any message similar to it), delete it without replying. The following is a sample of the recent fraudulent email.


Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2014 3:32 PM

Subject: My proposal.

This is a personal email sent for your consideration alone, Please bear with me for now as i didn't include my name. I work with a Financial Institution here in Turkey. I have a proposal that will be of immense benefit to the both of us. Although this may sound to you like a joke to believe but this is no joke, you stand to part with 35% of a huge sum of money upon your acceptance to my proposal i shall furnish you with every details you need about my proposal,



This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software.


CSSD strongly recommends that you do not reply to unsolicited emails or emails from unverifiable sources. Avoid clicking on links contained in such emails, as these may lead to sites that contain harmful software. If a link looks suspicious, you can hover over the link with your mouse to preview the URL without clicking on it.

In addition, CSSD recommends that all users install Symantec Endpoint Protection software and use the LiveUpdate feature to get the latest virus definitions. Symantec Endpoint Protection can be downloaded at no cost through the Software Download Service at My Pitt (

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