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"Messenger from Administrator" Email Scam

Have you received email with a subject of "Messenger from Administrator"?    Please do not click on the link in the message; simply delete the message.  It is a phishing scam. 

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, or, or if it contains UVM graphics and 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 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 account, please contact the Computing Help Line at 656-2604, or submit a help request online.


The "Messenger from Administrator" Phishing Message

Here is the phishing message many of us received overnight.  The Subject may be "Messenger from Administrator".

Subject: Messenger from Administrator
Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2012 07:53:39 +0500 (PKT)
From: Webmail Admin <>
To: undisclosed-recipients:;

Your E-mail® Account needs to be updated with our F-Secure R-HTK4S new
version anti-spam/anti-virus/anti-spyware. Please click this link below


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