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2014/01/29 - ALERT: Phishing Attempt

Updated January 29, 2014, at 7:11PM by adial  | Latest Entries

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

On Wednesday, January 29th, 2014, ITS received reports that users were receiving emails with the subject "Important Notice !!!" from "Florida State University []".  The content of the email has been provided below. 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. 


Dear Staff/Student,

This letter is to confirm our decision to all our staffs and student that some of our staff and student has been suspended, as a result of the last examination malpractice. These list of staffs and students are suspended until further notices. The affected Names of staff and students are attached to this email, You are advised to view on the email attached file to see if your Name is also affected. Please visit the Administration office for further explanation.

Royce C. Engstrom
Florida State University
Office of The President


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