Phishing Attempt Purporting to Originate from Adobe Acrobat Cloud/Adobe Acrobat DC

Please be advised of the following phishing attempt purporting to be from an NYU faculty member, sent via Adobe Acrobat Cloud/Adobe Acrobat DC:

Screenshot of a message coming from "Adobe Acrobat cloud DC" saying "Read this message from a Tablet or Mobile Device or Desktop or Laptop Click here from your device for instructions unique to your device."

Please be reminded that even if you receive a message from someone that you know, and even if that message appears to be secure, because it looks as if it may have been sent via a secure portal, and a lock symbol is displays within the body of the message, you should scan for the following:

  • E-mail from a trusted and secure source will have https:// (vs. http://) and green lock symbol displaying in the browser’s address bar as follows:

Screenshot showing a locked green padlock followed by "https://"

However, treat any e-mail as suspicious which has a strike mark thru https and the lock symbol in the browser address bar as follows:

Screenshot showing a locked padlock with a red "x" on it followed by "https://" with a red strike mark through the "https".

  • Please also be aware that if you click the green lock symbol to the left of “https://” you will see information concerning the owner of the lock or the certificate, as follows:

Screenshot showing an example of the text that displays when a user clicks the green lock symbol.  In the displayed instance the text that displays is "" followed by "Secure Conenction"

  • Review the internet domain name to ensure that that it is correct, e.g., in the URL displaying above, is the correct domain name of the site (vs. or or some other variant).
  • Please also be reminded that if you have questions about the legitimacy of an e-mail message you’ve received, do not reply to the message or click on any embedded links or open any attachments. Instead, independently verify the message content/attachments with the sender.
  • The following  are two GIFs which show how to quickly and effectively evaluate a site’s legitimacy:
    Firefox (v45.1.1)
    Chrome (v51.0.27)