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Scam Alert: "Email Action Required!(VERIFY)" and "Verify Your e-mail Immediately"

Did you receive an email with a Subject of "Email Action Required!(VERIFY)" or "Verify Your e-mail Immediately"?  This message, like others that warn you to "verify," "validate," or "re-validate" your mailbox or your email account, is a phishing scam -- an 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.  

Any 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.  Hover your cursor over links to see where they would take you; if it's not going to "" or "", don't click. 

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 " Verify Your e-mail Immediately" and "Email Action Required!(VERIFY)" Phishing Scams

Here is the phishing message some of us received recently. The Subject line may vary, and in later versions, "UVM" is spelled correctly.

Subject:    Verify Your e-mail Immediately
Date:    Fri, 22 Feb 2013 06:33:17 -0500
From:    Lim, Noel

Verify Your e-mail Immediately
Due to excess abandoned VUM Email Accounts, we have decided to run a database clean-up and refresh all Email accounts. To prove the existence and functionality of your Email, please click on the link below and fill out the required columns.
Failure to do this will immediately render your Email deactivated from the database.Database refreshing shall commence once a response is not received within 48HRS.
Thank you.
UVM Computing.

NOTE:This e-mail message is intended for the named recipient(s) above, and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and/or exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you have received this message in error, or are not the named recipient(s), please do not read the content. Instead, immediately notify the sender and delete this e-mail message. Any unauthorized use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. The Peel District School Board and sender assume no responsibility for any errors or omissions in the content or transmission of this email.




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