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Phishing Alert: Affordable Care Act Email

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 17:19


Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is aware of a new email phishing scam that claims to provide information about the Affordable Care Act. The email mentions the Affordable Care Act in its Subject and purports to come from a U.S. Federal Government Agency. The body of the email claims to direct readers to health care coverage information, but instead these links direct readers to Web sites that attempt to elicit private information or install harmful code.

We have not yet received reports of Pitt students, faculty, or staff receiving this email scam. If you do receive this message (or any message similar to it), delete it without replying, opening any attachments, or clicking on any links within the email.

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. As a complement to Symantec Endpoint Protection, CSSD offers a free version of Malwarebytes for individuals and departments. Students, faculty, and staff can download Malwarebytes and Symantec Endpoint Protection at no cost through the Software Download Service at My Pitt. Departments can submit a help request to obtain Malwarebytes for multiple machines.

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