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USC E-Mail Accounts Hit With Phishing Spam

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We've all seen phishing e-mails before (thank you eBay, PayPal) but it's a bit trickier when the e-mail deliberately asking you to pony up your e-mail username and password comes from a sender purporting to be USCTEAM.

The e-mail received today by several USC e-mail account holders suggests that the user's e-mail account will be terminated "permanently" within 7 days lest the recipient respond with account details including username, password, date of birth, and "country or territory."

Whenever an e-mail appears in our inbox asking for such specifics, the first thing we do is check the details at top. Who is the sender? In this case it is "" with the even more suspicious reply-to address "".

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Thus the conclusion that this is a phishing e-mail -- spam that is directed especially to attain personal information necessary to hack into one's account.

USC's Information Technology Services confirmed the nature of this spoof e-mail earlier today and recommends:

If you have responded to the spam and submitted information about your USC password, you should immediately go to to change your USC password.

Full-size screenshot of the e-mail after the jump.