A Phish Can Really Wreck Your Day
You’re already busy working on far too many things, and you receive an email message telling you there is something wrong with your account, or you need to visit a page to ensure your account remains active. You follow the instructions, and the next thing you know, your account is locked. It turns out the whole thing was a scam, and someone half-way around the world sent out hundreds, or even thousands of new scam messages using your account.
What can you do?
That’s where this site comes in. Check the list of recent phishes in the sidebar to see if a suspicious message you received has already been reported. A message in that list is definitely a phishing message. If it isn’t in the list, see how to report the phish so Office of Information Security (OIS) staff can take action to protect your fellow Penn Staters. If you aren’t sure the message is truly a scam, use the resources here to learn how you can recognize these fraudulent messages when they appear in your inbox. So, please look around – the account you save may be your own.
What do I do if I think my Penn State Access Account has been compromised?
If you responded to a phishing scam using your Penn State Access Account or believe it has been compromised (meaning accessed by someone other than you), immediately visit https://www.work.psu.edu/password to change your password. Remember to follow best password practices when creating a new password. For more information on how to create a secure password, visit our password resource page. If you use the same password across multiple accounts (i.e. financial institutions, social media sites, etc.) we advise that you change those passwords as well.
Also verify that your forwarding email is correct. Go to https://www.work.psu.edu/cgi-bin/util/forward.cgi to verify your email forwarding address and make an update if it is not your current psu@edu address or the external (non-Penn State) email address you normally use.
If you are unable to change your Penn State password or need assistance in doing so, please contact the IT Service Desk by phone at 814-865-HELP (4357) or visit them in person at 204 Wagner Building or W130 Pattee Library. More information about the IT Service Desk may be found on their website at http://itservicedesk.psu.edu/.