Phishing Warning: September 16th, 2019: Job Interview Scam from “interviewdesk*@outlook.com”

USC users have reported receiving suspicious e-mails regarding job opportunities similar to the one below. If your receive such an e-mail, do not reply and report it to security@usc.edu.

Sample of e-mail:

From: Hiring Desk <interviewdesk13@outlook.com>
Date: Mon, Sep 16, 2019 at 7:30 AM
Subject: Interview Process
To: [REDACTED]

Good Day,

We wish to inform you that your resume has been reviewed/accepted by the
appropriate department through Indeed Job Database. You have been
shortlisted for the job interview asap. Please read below for more
instruction on how to set up a brief interview.

You are to create or use an existing gmail-address account (hangout) to
proceed with the job interview and to know more about the company,
locations, positions, technology wise, pay scale and duties.

You’re required to download Google hangout now on your computer/smart
phone. Add up the HR manager Mr. James Taylor with the following email
address ( hiringdesk000@ gmail.com ) and send him a message for the
interview using your Gmail account. Your timely response matters a lot.
We look forward with you.

Here is the access to hangout: [REDACTED – NEVER CLICK LINKS FROM UNKNOWN SENDERS]
Add up ID: hiringdesk000@ gmail.com

Time: Asap
Venue: Google HangOut (Gmail IM)
Best regard,
Human Resources Department
Accrete Info Technologies

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.

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

  • If you are unable to see (remember to hover over the link to see the actual destination) 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.  You may download the latest Sophos anti-virus at https://software.usc.edu/antivirus/

We would be more than glad to answer any additional questions or concerns at security@usc.edu.