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Phishing Email Messages

What is a phishing message?

A phishing email attempts to steal your confidential information by directing you to a false website where you are asked to update personal information, such as a password. Please be aware that there are several of these phishing emails circulating within the Duquesne community that contain links to false sites that will ask you to enter your MultiPass Credentials. Beware: replying to these messages will ALWAYS result in your password being stolen.

Recent Phishing Emails



Sent: Friday, June 08, 2018 7:53 AM

Subject: IT Helpdesk

Dear Duquesne University Email Account Users

Your email account has been temporarily disabled by the System Mail Administrator due to some unusual activities in your email account as some information has not been verified, to activate your account click on the below link


You may find this message in your Junk folder due to the unusual activities, kindly move to your inbox and click on the above link. Failure to do this will lead to total lock down of your email account and your email will be deleted from the mail server, Do not ignore this notification. Treat very urgently Privacy Policy | © 2018 Duquesne University. All rights reserved Management Team


From: michael richie <michaelrichie83@gmail.com>

Sent: Saturday, March 24, 2018 5:10 AM


Subject: FWD:

From: teesandskis@earthlink.net

Date: March 15, 2018 at 3:07:17 PM EDT


Reply-To: teesandskis@earthlink.net

Hello I have a job for you. Looking for an Administrative Assistant to work. Are you available for a personal assistant job offer? This job is flexible so you can do it wherever you are available. I don't mind you doing all of the tasks during your spare time outside of work or school. If you are interested get back to me ASAP? So simple and flexible. Feel free to email me here. Let me know if you're interested. Hope to read back from you soon Regards

What to do if you have responded to a phishing message:

  1. Check "Recently Received Phishing Messages" (listed below).

  2. If you see the message you received listed below, please delete it. 

  3. If you do NOT see the message you received listed below, please forward it to help@duq.edu  and phish@office365.microsoft.com and then and delete it.

  4. If you have replied to a phishing message or have accidentally logged into a phishing site with your MultiPass credentials, please run an anti-malware scan on your computer and reset your MultiPass password and secret questions immediately.

  5. Check your forwards and inbox rules for suspicious settings.

Tips for identifying phishing messages: