Phishing Alert: Fake Email Claims to be from Chancellor Gallagher | Information Technology | University of Pittsburgh

Phishing Alert: Fake Email Claims to be from Chancellor Gallagher

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 11:04


Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is responding to a new email phishing scam that claims to be a message from Chancellor Gallagher. The email states the reader must click a link to view the message because of an Outlook error. 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


you have a message from  Patrick Gallagher | Office of the Chancellor | University of Pittsburgh

Can not display full e-mail message.

Sorry Outlook error  to view  You need to push here or check here to view it <LINKED REMOVED>

University of Pittsburgh

Outlook  error msgID: 3617952 ( WED  Aug 24 16:14:58 2016) <LINKED REMOVED>


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

Phishing scam login 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.