Phishing Alert!
Posted by Joann Guilmett on 21 January 2020 11:09 AM

Well, we are just back to start a new semester and the phishers have begun already.  In the last few days, several PSU students and employees have reported receiving emails that either profess a job offer and/or warnings that your PSU account will be deactivated without action.  

The Help Desk will never send an email asking you to click a link to re-activate your account.

You might be thinking about a way to supplement your income while you are still in school.   Be aware that the scammers know this and will not hesitate to take advantage of your desire to earn money.

Here are some important things to look for:

  • You receive an unsolicited email notifying you of the opportunity.
  • The message sender is anonymous (very generic from address or from name).
  • It is not addressed to you (might be “undisclosed-recipients”) or not address you by name.
  • Promises a pretty, significant wage for a short time commitment.
  • Work at home or make your own hours.
  • No interview.
  • The job duties described are vague and/or the language is poor and full of grammatical errors.
  • The name of the person/company in the body of the message does not match up with the sender's address.
  • The employer offers to send a check to you to deposit into your own account. You are told to keep a percentage of it for your own pay but are then asked to withdraw cash, using it to pay for various items that they ship to ‘clients’. Or you are asked to immediately transfer funds from your account to the ‘employers’ business accounts. After the check clears (which can take a few days to a few weeks), they are discovered to be fraudulent.

If you see any of these characteristics, be very suspicious.  If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  When in doubt, contact the Help Desk at (603)535-2929 or 

If you are unsure about the validity of any messages, please contact the Help Desk.  However, it is NOT necessary for you to forward the message to ITS Staff.  When you receive these types of messages, use the “Report Phish” button in your outlook client - See below.   This action helps ITS automatically isolate those messages while we examine the contents!

If you already submitted your resume or personal information, please do not respond to any additional emails from the sender or perform any of the tasks requested of you.  If you submitted your Username and Password after clicking on a link in the deactivation message, please log into myPlymouth and change your password ASAP!

As always, for any questions or concerns, please contact the Help Desk.

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