ECU ITCS Security Alert - Phishing Scheme - 1099-T Tax Upgrade
Date: Monday, May 4, 2015
WARNING! The campus is seeing a phishing scheme telling users: "East Carolina University in conjunction with ECSI, offers you the opportunity to receive your 1099-T Tax Statement electronically. This is to inform you that due to upgrades of the IRS Systems, we ask that you kindly update your E-file status. It's Quick, Easy and Secure. Click here to <Update>".
If you receive one of these emails, please ignore and delete it. If you clicked on the link in the email you should change your passphrase immediately.
Reminder: ITCS reminds the campus to avoid e-mail scams, hoaxes and Phishing schemes circulating on the Internet and to not provide their password in response to such emails. Scams purporting to be from East Carolina University, Service Helpdesk, ECU IT, ECU Helpdesk, the Web Master, Webmail, the IRS, Your Financial Institution, etc. are bombarding e-mail mailboxes. Although IronPort blocks the majority of such e-mails, some scams successfully reach your e-mail mailbox.
NEVER provide personal or sensitive information in response to any unsolicited e-mail. Don't open unsolicited e-mail attachments. No matter how realistic or enticing the e-mail message, you must remain vigilant in not responding to an e-mail hoax or scam. Just delete it! You can always contact the IT Help Desk to verify the authenticity of an e-mail. ITCS will post our announcements at www.help.ecu.edu, users can go there to verify the authenticity of an IT related announcement.
If you have provided personal or sensitive information in response to an e-mail scam and don't know what to do, please contact ECU's IT Help Desk at 328-9866 or www.help.ecu.edu.
Visit the IT Security website, http://www.ecu.edu/cs-itcs/itsecurity/phishing-scams.cfm for examples of e-mail scams and additional information on avoiding them.
Cornerstone will be unavailable this
weekend beginning Friday 5/1 at 8:30 PM and ending Saturday 5/2 at 1:30
AM while a software update is applied.