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Ignore This Scam: "Your Webmail Account is on Restriction"

Did you receive an email with a Subject of "Your Webmail Account is on Restriction"?  This message, like others that tell you to "upgrade," "verify," "validate," or "re-validate" your mailbox or your email account, or increase your quota, 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, and don't reply to it; 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 "http://www.uvm.edu/" or "http://uvm.edu/", don't click.  If you go to a site and the address bar in your web browser doesn't show it's a uvm.edu site, quit or exit your browser.  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.

If you would like to report phishing, please forward the phishing email, as an attachment, to is-spam@labs.sophos.com and to abuse@uvm.edu. (To forward a message as an attachment using Thunderbird, go to the Message menu and select Forward As > Attachment.)

The "Your Webmail Account is on Restriction" Phishing Scam

 Even though the link in this message appears to go to a uvm.edu web page, it really would take you to a malicious non-UVM site where a form would capture your Net-ID and password. 

From: Ther University of Vermont <jgm121@optonline.net>
Subject: Your Webmail Account is on Restriction
Date: June 4, 2013 2:10:23 PM EDT


The University of Vermont
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We detected irregular action on your e-mail system on June 4, 2013.

As the Primary owner, you must verify your account activity before you
can continue using your account, and upon verification, we will remove any
restrictions placed on your account.

click on the link below:
 
https://webmail.uvm.edu/login.php

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You can also forward your mail from any other e-mail accounts such as
Yahoo, Hotmail, etc. to your Webmail account so that your contacts won't
have to memorize a new e-mail address and you can access all of your mail
in one place.  You can find forwarding instructions for your other e-mail
accounts in their online documentation.

Webmail service has reserved a system maintenance window of Saturdays from 4:00 a.m.
to 8:00 a.m. that will be used only if Webmail service needs to perform any work that
will take the system off-line. Otherwise, the e-mail system will
be available around the clock.


Thank You,

UVM Email

 

 

 

 

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