"You Have One Important Security Message:" Phishing Scam
- By Dean Jay Williams
Have you received email with a subject of "You Have One Important Security Message:"? Please do not click on the link in the message; simply delete the message. It is a phishing scam that brings up a fake replica of the UVM webmail login page.
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, 123contactform.com or contactme.com, 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 www.uvm.edu/account. 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 uvm.edu account, please contact the Computing Help Line at 656-2604, or submit a help request online.
The "You Have One Important Security Message:" Phishing Message
Here is the phishing message some of us received recently. The actual message is customized to show the recipient's own email address.
|From: Webmail - The University Of Vermont <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: October 24, 2012 12:00:02 PM EDT
Subject: You Have One Important Security Message:
You Have One New Mail Message,
Click The Link Below To View Message.
Click here to View Message
The University Of Vermont- Webmail Service