Phishing Warning: Suspicious Email Login from Ghana (January 2)

USC account holders have reported receiving phish emails similar to the one listed below. If you have received a similar phish, do not reply or click any links in the message.

From: [Sender name will vary]
Sent: [Sent time will vary]
Subject: Login Attempt

University of Southern California
Login Attempt

We noticed a login to your Webmail Account from an unrecognized device on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 4:55 AM from Ghana

Was it you? If so, please disregard the rest of this email.

If it wasn’t you, please follow the links below to keep your E-Mail account safe and provide the required information to keep your account ACTIVE and SECURE.

https:// uscedu. multiscreensite. com/

USC.EDU Webmail Services

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.
  • The message implies that your account will be deactivated if you do not supply the requested information.
  • The message includes non-standard capitalization and missing punctuation.
  • The message lacks a greeting.

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.