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2013/01/30 - Attempted Phishing Scam

Updated January 30, 2013, at 2:46PM by Christopher Gray  | FSU News

This afternoon ITS received reports that users were
receiving a spam email from “ITS Service Desk <helpdesk@fsu.edu>“ with the subject: “Your
Account May Have Been Compromised
”.  This email was not a legitimate
email from the University and is classified as a phishing email.  This
is  a reminder to be very cautious in how you handle these types of
messages.

ITS is currently looking into this matter. 

******** Phishing Attempt
****************************************************************************

Your FSU E-mail account has been sending numerous spams
emails from a foreign ip recently. As a result you may not be able to send new
mail.


However, you might not be the one promoting this Spam, as your e-mail account
might have been compromised. To protect your account from sending spam mails,
You are to confirm your true ownership of this account, Kindly <LINK
REMOVED> to confirm your ownership of the account.

Failure to do this will violate the ITS Policies. This will
render your account inactive.

NOTE!!: You will be sent a password reset message in next seven (7) working
days after undergoing this process for Security reasons.

The office of Information Security will keep this updated if information should
change, but we encourage all users to run their updates after the expected
release of this patch.

ITS Service Desk

(850)644-HELP

<LINK REMOVED> FAX

Information Technology Services, Florida State University

C6100 University Center Tallahassee, FL 32306-2620

******** /Phishing Attempt
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The University email scanning service scans email for spam and viruses and
prevents a large portion of these emails from reaching our environment,
however, there are occasions where a cleverly crafted phishing message will get
past the scanners -- and these are typically crafted in such a way as to appear
to be legitimate on a cursory inspection.  When such a message gets past
the scanners, ITS reports the messages to the scanning vendor and, when possible,
removes the phishing messages from its email systems. These measures mitigate
the exposure.  They do not prevent or eliminate it.  Remember --
NEVER PROVIDE YOUR PASSWORD TO ANYONE -- even if the request appears
legitimate

Please remember to use caution when you receive email that asks you for
personal information or requires you to click on a link.  FSU will never
ask for your FSUID and password credentials or other sensitive, personal
information in an email. If an e-mail contains a link to click on and you are
unsure of the validity of the e-mail, never click on the link. To confirm the
validity of any email of this nature, you should immediately contact the ITS
Service Desk at 850-644-HELP(4357). To report email messages that are either
offensive or appear to be spam, forward the email message along with the full
email headers to abuse@fsu.edu.