Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is responding to a new variation of a phishing phone scam that has been received by some members of the University community. During the scam, the caller will ask a question such as “Can you hear me?” in an attempt to persuade you to say “yes”. The scammer records your response and then attempts to use it to authorize unwanted charges on a phone bill or a stolen credit card.
CSSD strongly recommends that you do not reply to unsolicited phone calls or emails from unverifiable sources. Be skeptical of calls from unfamiliar numbers, and hang up immediately if the call is from a telemarketer or an otherwise suspicious caller. If the caller claims to represent a government agency (for example, Social Security, the IRS, the Department of Motor Vehicles, or the court system), hang up immediately. Government officials communicate by mail unless you initiate a phone call with them.
Please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP  if you have any questions regarding this announcement.