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Don't fall for the 'phish': keep personal information private


"Your password will expire in 3 days."

"Re-activate your account."

"Email verification - update your email."

These are just a few of the 'phishing' emails that made their way to email inboxes on campus in the last several months. Each has a built-in ploy to get us to click on links, open attachments, or disclose personal or account information that could give scammers access to our accounts, credit or identity, or enable them to compromise our computers.

Even with campus filtering and spam blockers in place working to filter out suspicious emails every second of every day, some spurious emails unavoidably get through. Be mindful of these and if you receive email asking for personal information (like your social security number, birth date, user accounts, or passwords) that claims to be from OIT or another University office, know it's not us. No University department, or reputable organization for that matter, would ever ask for your personal information by email.

If you receive an email that seems suspicious, don't respond with personal information or click on links or attachments. Instead, check the OIT home page (/oit) or @PUOITSOC tweets for alerts on phishing attempts that have been reported on campus. You can also contact the OIT Help Desk 24/7 at 8-HELP or for assistance, or to report the email.

If you believe you may have unintentionally compromised your University account, it’s important to change your password as soon as possible at




Tag(s): phishing