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Beware of Phishing Emails

Protect yourself from scams targeting employees and students.

As with most institutions, phishing emails continue to be sent to USF employees and students.  Just last week, we had another phishing incident.  The email was titled "Your USF Salary Raise" and appeared to come from Human Resources.
You should NEVER RESPOND TO AN EMAIL OR CLICK ON THE LINK PROVIDED which request confirmation of personal information.  USF Human Resources, USF IT and USF Health IS will never ask you for your username and password, or any other sensitive personal information either by email or over the phone.
Phishing scams are big business and the act of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.  It is important that you be aware that phishing emails may from time to time hit your inbox and that you should not respond to any request for confirmation of personal information.  USF IT and USF Health IS are diligent in in attempting to block these types of emails, but please understand that this is a challenging thing and that occasionally one gets past the security safeguards put into place to prevent unwanted emails. 
If something looks suspicious, it probably is.  If you ever have questions related to authenticity, ask and confirm before clicking.  Contact the IT Help Desk at or 4-1222.

Michael Pearce
CEO Innovative Education &
System Vice President Information Technology, CIO

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