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Information Technology

"Update" email is a phishing scam

Email with a Subject of "Update" 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 is-spam@labs.sophos.com and to abuse@uvm.edu. (To forward a message as an attachment using Thunderbird, go to the Message menu and select Forward As > Attachment.)

The "Update" Phishing Scam

The link in this message would take you to a non-UVM site in an attempt to steal your password.

From: Help Desk <telkomsa27954@telkomsa.net>
Subject: Update
Date: June 17, 2014 at 12:48:45 PM EDT
To: helpdesk@uvm.edu

This notice is to alert you that our database security system has detected some virus on your uvm-edu email account. Your mail delivery system had been affected with virus. Your email account had been sending virus included with your mail to the recipient's account and as such a threat to our database security system. To protect your account, You'll need to update the settings on your email account by clicking on this link:
hxxp://forms.logiforms.com/formdata/user_forms/66916_5375028/321681



 

 

 

 

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