Blackboard Emails About "Course Form" and "Important Class Form" are Phishing Scams
- By Dean Jay Williams
Email with a Subject of "Course Form" or "Important Class Form" 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 directly 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 email@example.com and to firstname.lastname@example.org. (To forward a message as an attachment using Thunderbird, go to the Message menu and select Forward As > Attachment.)
The "Course Form" and "Important Class Form" Phishing Scams
The link in this message would take you to a malicious non-UVM site that looks like a Blackboard login screen -- but is in reality a ruse to capture your UVM Net-ID and password. The Subject may vary, such as "Course Form" or "Important Class Form", and the From address may vary, as well.
|From: Blackboard Alerts
Subject: Course Form
Date: September 10, 2013 1:13:28 AM EDT
Your school has posted an important course form for you through the Blackboard Learning System.
You are required to immediately sign in to Blackboard Learn.
Click here to sign in to Blackboard Learn
Blackboard Learn Notifications.