Phishing Warning: August 6th, 2019: “Re: New 2019 Payroll Notification.” from “support1@usc.edu”

USC users have reported receiving phish emails similar to the one listed below. If you have received a similar phish, do not reply or click the embedded link within the message. The link re-directs to a fake Shibboleth page as seen below.  The actual URL is hxxps://viajespalmsur.net/04313/index[.]html

Sample of email:

Subject: “Re: New 2019 Payroll Notification.”

Message:

Dear Member

2019 payroll schedule calendar is now available.

hxxps://www[.]usc[.]edu/collegeInformation/administration/paydate/2019-2019[.]pdf

Best Regards,

University of Southern California

© 2019 University of Southern California

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 disclose 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.