Phishing Alert: School Update Scam Claims to Link to Digital Document

  Monday, May 8, 2017 - 12:28pm

 

Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) is responding to a new email phishing scam that claims someone has invited you to view a digital document. A link in the in email redirects the reader to a Web page where they are asked to provide a username and password. The email typically uses the Subject link "School Update".

The following is a sample of the recent fraudulent email. Before clicking on any documents shared with you, check with the sender personally to confirm that they did indeed share a document with you. 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 phish@pitt.edu. Detailed instructions on reporting scams are available at http://technology.pitt.edu/phishingscams.

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Subject: School Update

May2017phish

You have been invited to view a digital document using Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, click view document to view.

View document

Copyright © 2017 Adobe Systems Incorporated. All rights reserved.

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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.

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