Bogus e-mail messages circulating

August 10, 2006

Various e-mail messages from and other addresses have been circulating that claim to be from Penn State. The messages offer free laptops or scholarship opportunities and invite students to click on a link for more information. Some also claim to be from the Penn State Federal Credit Union, and ask for verification of account information.

These e-mails did not come from Penn State or the Penn State Federal Credit Union, and may be part of a phishing scam. Anyone who receives these e-mails should delete them, and should not respond to them. The ITS Security Operations and Services (SOS) office is investigating the problem.

Phishing scams are perpetrated by criminals who use fraudulent e-mails or fake Web sites to seek sensitive or personal information such as credit card or Social Security numbers for illegal interests. ITS reminds the University community to use caution when responding to all forms of e-mail.

For tips on how to avoid phishing scams, visit online. Students, faculty and staff with questions or concerns about e-mail they receive should contact the ITS Help Desk at via e-mail.

Last Updated July 22, 2015