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Phishing Alert: Emails in Pending Status Scam

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 11:02


Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is responding to a new email phishing scam that claims your incoming email messages have been placed in a pending status and you must click a link to receive them. The link directs readers to a harmful site that attempts to collect their username and password. The email scam usually originates from a non-University email address.

The following is a sample of the recent fraudulent email. If you receive 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


Subject: 1 Message

Dear Member,

Your incoming mails were placed on pending status
due to the recent upgrade to our database,
In order to receive the messages Click Here <link removed> to login
and wait for responds from University of Pittsburgh.

We apologies for any inconvenience and appreciate your


Copyright © 2016 University of Pittsburgh Information Services, Inc


The link in the phishing email directs readers to a malicious Web page (shown below) that looks similar to the old My Pitt email login page. The page attempts to collect your username and password.

Fake My Pitt page

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 Malwarebytes Premium for individuals and departments at no cost. 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.