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Phishing Alert: Wells Fargo Bill Payment Scam Contains PDF that Links to Harmful Website

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 16:19

Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is responding to a new email phishing scam that claims you have received a bill payment for review. The email claims to be from Wells Fargo and asks you to open an attached PDF file. The PDF contains a link to a harmful website that mimics the Wells Fargo login page and attempts to collect your username and password.

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: Wells Fargo Bill Pay: Payment(s) Scheduled

We have sent the following Bill Pay payment(s):

Open and review Bill Pay.PDF (attached) for complete list.


Please do not reply to this automated 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 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.