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Information Technology

"Important Message" Phishing Scam

If you've received an email with a Subject of "Important Message," saying your "account profile will expire today," please ignore it.  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.  Even if a link in a message appears to be a uvm.edu web site, hover your cursor over the link to see where it would really 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 "Important Message" 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: "University of Vermont" <addyd@fiu.edu>
Subject: Important Message
Date: June 5, 2013 7:02:58 AM EDT

Dear User,
Your account profile will expire today.

Kindly use our website below to validate.


www.uvm.edu

Thanks for choosing us!
(The University of Vermont)

 

 

 

 

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