Phishing Warning: December 12th, 2019 “Important Info HR Department”

USC users have reported receiving phish emails from a fake USC account impersonating USC HR Department similar to the example listed below.  If you have received a similar phish, do not reply or click the embedded link within the message.

Sample of email:

From: “” <>
Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 8:57 PM
Subject: Important Info HR Department



A private document has been sent to you by the Human Resources Department.

Click hxxps://www[.]shibboleth[.] to Login to view the document. Thank you!

University of Southern California | HR Department
© 2019 University of Southern California
CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email and any attachments may contain confidential information that is protected by law and is for the sole use of the individuals or entities to which it is addressed. If you are not the intended recipient, please destroying all copies of the communication and attachments. Further use, disclosure, copying, distribution of, or reliance upon the contents of this email and attachments is strictly prohibited.

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.

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

We would be more than glad to answer any additional questions or concerns at