Phishing Attempt

February 11, 2020

Recently, email messages have been sent out to the community requesting that you click on a link. These “phishing” emails are fraudulent messages that are designed for you to provide information which should not be divulged.

A copy of one of the emails in question has been included below. Although it initially appears to be convincing, it does contain a few telltale signs of a phishing attempt. We have created the following webpage to further assist you with determining if a message is legitimate:

If you believe that you have provided your information to a phisher, please change your NETID password by visiting as soon as you can. If you need assistance, please contact the UTAC (University Technical Assistance Center) at 973-443-8822.

Begin Example:

Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 4:29 AM
Subject: [External]RE: Technical Support 

To whom it may concern,

We are currently running upgrade on all active account, in order to complete upgrade automatically you are required to initiate upgrade manually by visiting the HR WEB PORTAL. Upgrade will take effect from Monday 10 from 1200 to Wednesday 12 by 2300.

All account failed to upgrade within this period will be classified as inactive and this may result to account deactivation/closure.

Thank you,

System Administrator.

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