Phishing Warning: “Ongoing Survey Recruitment”

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.

Sample email:

From: XXXXXXXXXXXX <xxxxxxxx@usc.edu>
Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019
Subject: Ongoing Survey Recruitment

Hello [recipient],

There’s an ongoing survey recruitment exercise for Part time or Full time survey takers.You’re paid to shop and evaluate stores and businesses around you.You get to make up to $500 weekly.You’ll evaluate and comment on customer service rendered. It’s also doubles as a great second job.If you are interested CLICK HERE to apply and read more about the job.

The link points to a tiny.url link which forwards you back to the final page of:

If you have received this phish, do not respond or click the embedded link. If you have responded or clicked the link and were asked to give up your USC NetID password, 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.