Telephone phishing attempts

Recently LITS has been receiving reports of phone calls and voicemails from a number that appears to be local. The caller, often just a recording, requests Google account information and sometimes threatens the recipient with deactivation of the Google account. They are very similar in style and intent to email phishing attempts.

These calls are not legitimate and can be safely ignored. Delete any voicemails from such callers as well.

It’s wise never to give out your password over the phone or share it with anyone, regardless of who they claim to be. And it’s important to be very judicious what other information you choose to give out over the phone. If you are at all unsure of the legitimacy of the call, hang up immediately and do not accept further calls from the same number.

LITS will never ask for your password, and all communication from LITS is made using official Allegheny College channels, such as the Allegheny College phone system or email.

As always, feel free to contact the InfoDesk at x3768 with any questions or concerns, or open a Web Help Desk ticket..