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Phishing warning: "Request" email is a scam

We've received yet another email asking us to enter our UVM Net-IDs and passwords on a non-UVM web site.  This one comes with a Subject of "Request."    Please do not click on the link in the message; simply delete the email.  It is a phishing scam that attempts to steal your UVM Net-ID and password. 

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.

If you would like to report phishing, please forward the phishing email, as an attachment, to.  (To forward a message as an attachment using Thunderbird, go to the Message menu and select Forward As > Attachment.)

The "Request." Phishing Message

Here is the phishing message some of us received recently.  

From: <>
Date: Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Subject: Request.

Your email has reached its maximum quota of 50MB storage; you might not receive further emails. Visit the URL below or copy and paste into your browser login and follow the instruction to up-grade for more storage space


Ensure to click log out if using a public computer.

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