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"Verify this email address" Email Phishing Scam

Have you received email with a subject of "Verify this email address"?    Please do not click on the link in the message; simply delete the message.  It is a phishing scam

This message, like any other email that asks you to to enter your UVM password on a non-UVM web site, is a phishing scam. Do  not click links in such messages and do not reply.  

UVM will never ask you to enter your UVM Net-ID and password on a non-UVM web page -- even if it looks like a UVM page, and even if it's on a reputable site, such as Google Docs, or, or if it contains UVM graphics and you've been directed there by an email that appears to come from a UVM email address. 

What to do if you've clicked on the link

If you've followed the link in the message, or replied to this email or one like it, 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 "Verify this email address" Phishing Message

Here is the phishing message some of us received recently.  The actual message is customized to show the recipient's own name and email address.

From: []
Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 4:05 PM
Subject: Verify this email address
Verify this email address
You recently added a new email address to your! account, or initiated verification of an existing email address. To verify that you own this email address, simply click on the link below.

Verify "____._____ @"
Your email address was added to the! ID: ‎_____.____. If this! ID does not belong to you, or you did not recently add your email address to this! ID, you may permanently stop verification process. Cancel verification process.
Verifying your email address ensures that you can securely retrieve your account information if your password is lost or stolen. You must verify your email address before you can use it on! services that require an email address.
For your security, please keep your email address information up-to-date.
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