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Friday Phish: "ACCOUNT UPDATE!!!"

Email with a Subject of "ACCOUNT 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 "https://www.uvm.edu/" or "https://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 "ACCOUNT UPDATE!!!" Phishing Scam

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


Subject:    ACCOUNT UPDATE!!!
Date:    Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:02:49 +0100
From:    Shannon Carlton <scarlton4@ivytech.edu>
To:    undisclosed-recipients:;

This mail is to notify the staff and student of University of Vermont that we will be carrying out an e-mail validation exercise. We will need you to confirm that your account is still in use, please click here in order to keep your account active.

Thank you

 

 

 

 

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