"UVM Emergency Email Alert" is the First Phish of 2014
- By Dean Jay Williams
Email with a Subject of "UVM Emergency Email Alert" 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, you should change your password immediately at www.uvm.edu/account. Then scan your computer for malicious software that may have been installed without your knowledge while you visited the phishing web site. Contact the UVM Computing Helpline if you need assistance.
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 "UVM Emergency Email Alert" Phishing Scam
The link in this message would take you to a malicious non-UVM site.
|From: UVM Email
Subject: UVM Emergency Email Alert
Date: January 3, 2014 at 1:41:47 AM EST
DECEMBER _JANUARY MAILBOX UPGRADE
This Email is from the UVM Webmail Service, we will be making some
vital Email account maintenance to ensure high quality in Internet
connectivity in the 2014 fight against spam and improve security, all
Mail-hub systems will undergo regularly scheduled maintenance.
To confirm and to keep your account active during and after this
process Kindly Click on the Universal Web Link and fill the following
UVM Webmail Service.
The University of Vermont