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Phishing Alert: School Profile Scam Mimics My Pitt Login Page

Monday, December 8, 2014 - 17:21


Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is responding to reports of a new email phishing scam being received by members of the University community. The email, entitled “School Profile” claims to be from the University of Pittsburgh and asks you to click a link to log in and confirm your school profile. The email message actually links to a harmful Web site that closely mimics the actual My Pitt ( login page.

If you 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.


From: Secure Notifications

Sent: Monday, December 8, 2014 4:20 PM

Subject: School Profile


Good Afternoon,

Your school profile could not be confirmed, you are required to immediately login to your account.

Click here to login now [link removed]  

We apologize for any inconveniences caused.


University of Pittsburgh


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.