Phishing Warning 2015-05-05

Many users have reported receiving the following phish. If you have received the phish, do not click the link or reply to the message. If you have replied, followed the link, or supplied login information, change your USC password as soon as possible by going to the ITS website at and clicking the link called change your password on the top menu bar.

From: User [mailto:user@NCCU.EDU]
Sent: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 2:58 AM
Subject: Your web-mail has exceeded the set Quota limit.

Dear User,

This is to notify you that your web-mail has exceeded the set Quota limit due to unseen files and folders on your mailbox.Kindly visit: and input the vital information to increase your quota limit.

Failure to upgrade/increase your quota limit within 24hrs may result to loss of important information on your mailbox or cause restricted access to it.

Thank you for your co-operation.

© 2015 University of Southern California Los Angeles•

This email has been scanned by the Symantec Email service.
For more information please visit ______________________________________________________________

Note several features that indicate this is a phish:

  1. The email asks you to follow a link to a non-USC website. You should never enter your USC credentials on a non-USC webpage, especially when directed there by an unsolicited email.
  2. The email was sent from a non-USC email account.
  3. The email contains grammatical errors and awkward phrasing.
  4. The email lacks personalization.