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Information Technology

There's Nothing Urgent About "TREAT URGENTLY" Email Scam

An email with a Subject of "TREAT URGENTLY", like others that tell you to "confirm," "upgrade," "activate," "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 reply to it; simply delete the email.  

Any email that asks you to to reply in order to complete a security process for your email account, or to reply with your UVM password, is a phishing scam

Similarly, 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.  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 replied to the message

If you've replied to the message, 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 "TREAT URGENTLY" Phishing Scam

From: WEBMASTER<dzevad@prf.unze.ba>
Date: August 8, 2013 2:58:22 PM EDT
To: Recipients <dzevad@prf.unze.ba>
Subject: TREAT URGENTLY
Reply-To: links@dgoh.org

Your mailbox is running out of space due to the unwanted spam you recieve daily please you have to varify your account to make us stop your mailbox from recieving spam or scam messages.

Complete the information below to varity your account:

(1) E-mail:
(2) Name:
(3) Password:
(4) Confirm Password:

thank you
system administrator

 

 

 

 

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