Phishing Alert: Email Entitled “Scan from a Xerox WorkCentre” Contains Link to Harmful Web site and Attachment

Monday, August 26, 2013

Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) has received reports of a new email phishing scam being received by members of the University community. The email, entitled "Scanned Image from a Xerox WorkCentre", claims to contain a scanned image in PDF format.

If you receive this message or one similar to it, delete it without replying and without opening any attachments.

The following is a sample of the fraudulent email:

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From: Xerox WorkCentre [mailto:scan1234567@pitt.edu]
Sent: Monday, August 26, 2013 8:46 AM
Subject: Scan from a Xerox WorkCentre

Please download the document. It was scanned and sent to you using a Xerox multifunction device.

File Type: pdf

Download: Scanned from a Xerox multi~8.pdf
multifunction device Location: machine location not set Device Name: Xerox9124

For more information on Xerox products and solutions, please visit [URL REMOVED]

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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. 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 (my.pitt.edu).


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