New Phishing Warning (August 8)

USC account holders have reported receiving phishes similar to the one listed below.

From: University of Southern California [hidden email =]
Sent: Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Subject: You have 1 Important pending message


You have 1 Important pending message from IT Service Desk.

Click here to view*. [LINK DELETED]

Thank You.

*To learn how alerts like this one help you to protect your webmail, visit School Help Center.


Please be aware that this is a fraudulent message. Some clues that this message is fraudulent include:

  • The URL in the link sends you to a non-USC domain.
  • There are odd grammar and formatting issues.

If you have received this phish, do not respond or click any of the embedded links. If you have responded or clicked the links, change your USC NetID password immediately by going to the Popular Logins menu bar on the ITS website and clicking the link labeled change your password.

As phishing campaigns become increasingly sophisticated and harder to detect, we urge you to use extreme caution when clicking links in messages or attachments you receive from unknown senders. While antivirus programs may automatically scan messages for embedded malware, they do not automatically scan for malicious links in attachments.

ITS encourages you to consider the following tips when handling suspicious email:

  • If you are unable to see or do not recognize a link’s destination URL, do not click the link.
  • Never provide personal information, such as your passwords, social security number, or bank information, on a website you access by following a link in an unsolicited email or attachment.
  • If you must open an email attachment, first scan it using your antivirus software. To scan an attachment on a PC or Mac running USC’s free Sophos Antivirus, save the attachment to your desktop, right-click the file, and choose Scan with Sophos Antivirus.