Phishing Warning 2015-11-02

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: USC Google Apps []
Sent: Saturday, October 31, 2015 3:13 AM
Subject: IT Service!!

Dear USC user,

Due to the recent update and maintenance of our system. you need to update your USER ID Please use this link to complete verification:

Copyright © 2015 The University of Southern California

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 punctuation mistakes.
  4. The email lacks personalization.