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Phishing Alert: Walmart Tablet Blowout Sale

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 22:18


Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is aware of a new email phishing scam that purports to be an email from Walmart offering a sale on iPads and other devices. This email contains links to several convincing fake Web sites that attempt to trick you into providing your bank account information.

Clicking on one of the tablet offers in the email opens a bogus work-from-home job opportunity from Yahoo Transfers. The Web pages are well constructed forgeries of Yahoo’s site that ask you to enter your bank information to “get started”. Declining the job opportunity returns you to the fake Walmart site, which tries again to convince you to enter your bank account details. 

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.

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.