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Phish of the Day: "Validate Your Email Account....To Avoid closed down"

Have you received an email message like this?

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Hovering your cursor over the link yields the following non-UVM address:
 
 

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This 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.  

The link in this scam would take you to a non-uvm.edu web site that would ask for your UVM Net-ID and password.  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.    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 or tripod.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.   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. 

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 with full headers to is-spam@labs.sophos.com and to abuse@uvm.edu. (To forward a message with headers, please see http://www.uvm.edu/techteam/forwarding-full-mail-headers/)

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