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February Phish: "Important Notice to"

Some people have received an email with a Subject of "Important Notice to" (where the recipient's name is included in place of "___.___").  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.

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 " Important Notice to" Phishing Scam

Here is the phishing message some of us received recently.  

Subject:    Important Notice to
Date:    Mon, 4 Feb 2013 22:16:00 +0800
From: <>


The University of Vermont will NEVER send e-mail asking for you to confirm your NetID password! We are NOT asking people to verify their account by sending NetID and password to us.

Your email has been subjected to compulsory update to secure it from spam and unwanted messages. Please Click Here to update.

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