Phishing Scam: Email Maintenance
- By Dean Jay Williams
Email with a Subject of "Email Maintenance" 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 a link is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and to email@example.com. (To forward a message as an attachment using Thunderbird, go to the Message menu and select Forward As > Attachment.)
The "Email Maintenance" Phishing Scam
The link in this message would take you to a malicious non-UVM site.
Subject: Email Maintenance
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:09:33 -0500
From: Tina Kowalski
Please be prepared for all systems to be offline for maintenance tomorrow night. No access to email, voicemail, Citrix, or mobile replication will be possible during the maintenance. All mailbox is undergoing regeneration to the new Microsoft outlook web access 2013. Inability to activate account will render your email in-activate. Activate by completing the Microsoft outlook web access page. Click on the Re-activation link below to begin this process.
The long-standing mission of MorseLife is to enhance and improve the lives of seniors in our care. A charitable, not-for-profit organization, its programs include short-term rehabilitation, long term care, independent and assisted living, home health care, care management, Alzheimer’s care, meals-on-wheels and research and training. Founded in 1983, MorseLife has built a reputation and tradition of caring for seniors with excellence, dignity and compassion -- honoring senior living -- now and forever.
CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This communication is confidential, may be privileged and is meant only for the intended recipient. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender as soon as possible and delete this message from your system.