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"Update" Email is Just One More Phishing Scam

The latest phishing scam to hit UVM inboxes comes with a Subject of "update" and claims one's " account is due for update and will be shutting down any moment from now."  Messages like this are phishing scams that attempt to steal your UVM credentials -- your Net-ID and password.   Please do not click on the link in the message; simply delete the email.  

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.

At UVM, only the Inbox has a quota; there is no quota or limit on other mailboxes.  You can always check your email Inbox quota on the Net-ID account management page.  

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 "update" Phishing Scam

Here is the phishing message some of us received recently.  

From: uvm <>
Date: January 8, 2013 5:15:50 PM EST
To: "" <>
Subject: update

This message is from Uvm support desk, this email is to inform you that your Uvm email account is due for update and will be shutting down any moment from now. kindly click the following link and update your account immediately to remain active. hxxps://

If you can't click the link button, you can update your email account by copying and pasting (or typing) the above link into your web browser:




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