"Faculty and staff notification" email is a phishing scam
- By Dean Jay Williams
Email with a Subject of "Faculty and staff notification" 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 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 "Faculty and staff notification" Phishing Scam
The link in this message would take you to a malicious non-UVM site.
|From: "Madson, Curtis" <Curtis.Madson@westminster-mo.edu>
Subject: Faculty and staff notification
Date: February 24, 2014 at 11:34:25 AM EST
To: "Madson, Curtis" <Curtis.Madson@westminster-mo.edu>
We currently upgraded to 4GB space. Please log-in to your account in order to validate
E-space. Your account is still open for you to send and
receive e-mail. Click on faculty and staff email upgrade to confirm details and upgrade. Note
that failure to upgrade with this notification would lead to dismissal of your user account.
Protecting your email account and improving the quality of your email is our primary concern.
This has become necessary to serve you better.
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