Phishing Scam: "Get Bytes" Will Only Get Trouble
- By Dean Jay Williams
Email with a Subject of "Get Bytes" 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 "Get Bytes" Phishing Scam
The link in this message would take you to a malicious non-UVM site.
Subject: Get Bytes
Date: January 16, 2014 at 9:48:37 AM EST
Your email storage is low
Kindly increase space by clicking Get Bytes to continue
using our new features.
This message is intended for the use of the addressee only and may
contain confidential or privileged information. If you have received it in
error please notify the sender and destroy it. You may not use it or copy
it to anyone else.
E-mail is not a secure communications medium. Please be aware of this
when replying. All communications sent to or from Heathfield Community College
may be subject to recording and/or monitoring in accordance with
Although Heathfield Community College has taken steps to ensure that this
e-mail and any attachments are virus free, we can take no responsibility
if a virus is actually present and you are advised to ensure that the
appropriate checks are made.
You can visit our website at hxxp://www.heathfieldcc.e-sussex.sch.uk/