Phishing emails circulating on university accounts

Users should not click on links in emails from unknown sources

A significant number of “phishing” emails have been identified on the student email system recently. Phishing messages say things such as your email storage is almost full, your email will stop working if you don’t click on a link to verify your account, etc.

These are not legitimate email messages and should be deleted. The University of South Carolina will never ask for you to verify your email account in this manner.

If you think you have responded to one of these email messages with your network wsername and/or password, please go to and reset your password to something brand new. Never reuse passwords, especially when you think you entered it into an unfamiliar website.

If you receive a phishing email, please forward it to so the malicious links can be blocked. If you have any questions, please contact the Service Desk at 803-777-1800 or visit the Service Desk online.

The university will deploy FireEye Email Threat Prevention during Fall Break. This cloud-based platform analyzes and filters inbound email and their attachments for spam, viruses, phishing, policy violations, and advanced threats. This will provide an additional layer of security to minimize these threats. More information will be sent to students before FireEye is deployed.

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