Friday Phishing: "Important Email Update"
- By Dean Jay Williams
Have you email asking you to enter your UVM Net-ID and password on a non-UVM web site? Messages like that are phishing scams that attempt to steal your UVM credentials -- your Net-ID and password. A message some people received today comes with a Subject of "Important Email Update" and notes that "your E-mail has being accessed from another computer". Please do not click on the link in the message; simply delete the email.
This message, like any other 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, 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.
At UVM, only the Inbox has a quota; there is no quota or limit on other mailboxes. You can always check your email Inbox quota on the Net-ID account management page.
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. (To forward a message as an attachment using Thunderbird, go to the Message menu and select Forward As > Attachment.)
The "Important Email Update" Phishing Message
Here is the phishing message some of us received recently.
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2012 06:23:46 +0200 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Important Email Update From: Email Administrator
We recently noticed that your E-mail has being accessed from another computer; you are
hereby advised to update your account information as stated by clicking Sign On and completing
the field in this message