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Phishing Alert: Microsoft Volume Licensing Notice

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 13:19


Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is aware of a new email phishing scam that asks users to click a link to begin the registration process on the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) site. The email actually links to a harmful Web site.

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.

The following is a sample of the recent fraudulent email:


Subject: Welcome to the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC)

Congratulations on your newly accepted Open License with Microsoft, ending in xxxxx. You have been assigned Administrator permissions on the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) site.

To begin registration, please download details from link below. When prompted, enter your business e-mail as shown below:

(URL removed)


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.