Reminder: Be Aware of Phishing Scams

Monday, December 17, 2012

In the past week, CSSD has seen an increase in the number of phishing scams being received by members of the University community.

Phishing uses fake emails or Web sites to collect usernames and passwords as well as bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, and other personal information. These emails and Web sites may look real, but they are actually designed to fool you into divulging information.

No legitimate organization, including the University of Pittsburgh, will ever solicit confidential information (such as credit card information or your Pitt password) by any means. CSSD recommends that you do not reply to unsolicited emails or emails from unverifiable sources. You should also avoid clicking on links contained in such emails, as these may lead to sites that contain harmful software.

The University's spam and virus filtering service catches the vast majority of spam attempts and phishing scams, but some phishing attempts still make it through to University email addresses. Our October column in the University Times provides a good explanation of phishing and offers tips on how to recognize and avoid scams:

Please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP [4357] if you have any questions regarding this announcement.

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