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"Official message from the President" Is a Scam

An "Official message from the President" that some UVM email users received this weekend is anything but that.  The email is a phishing scam that tries to lure recipients to click on a link to a non-UVM web site, where they would be prompted to enter their Net-IDs and passwords.  This message, and all emails that ask you to divulge your UVM password, are scams. Do not reply, and do not click links in this or any email that asks you to provide passwords or other authentication information.

What to do if you've clicked on the link

If you've replied to one of these email messages, or followed its included link, you should change your password immediately at Contact the UVM Computing Helpline if you need assistance changing your password.

For more information about phishing scams, view our Web page on protecting your NetID and password.

If you are ever uncertain about the legitimacy of an email message concerning your account, please contact the Computing Help Line at 656-2604, or submit a help request online

The "Official message from the President" Scam


From: President <danielmarkfogel [at]>
Date: April 24, 2011 1:53:21 PM EDT
Subject: Official message from the President
Reply-To: danielmarkfogel [at]

Office of the President

The University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405

Dear web mail Owner,
We are contacting you to inform you that our Account Review Team identified some unusual errors in your account profile.This may be due to the following
* Using a shared computer to access your online webmail.
* Not logging off after webmail usage.
Due to this an account update has been issued to rectify.Follow the Link Below providing the required security information correctly to re-gain access or we will  locked your account permanently

click here security update


**Thanks *


Daniel Mark Fogel

Copyright © 2011 President's Office
© 2011 The University of Vermont - Burlington, VT 05405

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