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Today's Phishing Scam Claims "Your E-mail box has reached its maximum limit"

Some UVM community members have received yet another email asking us to enter our UVM Net-IDs and passwords on a non-UVM web site.  This one comes with a Subject of "Your E-mail box has reached its maximum limit" and warns that one's "account will be disabled if you do not update now".    Please do not click on the link in the message; simply delete the email.  It is a phishing scam that attempts to steal your UVM Net-ID and password.

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 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 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.

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 "Your E-mail box has reached its maximum limit" Phishing Message

Here is the phishing message some of us received recently.  

From: "Thompson, Charles" <>
Date: December 12, 2012 5:01:32 AM EST
Subject: Your E-mail box has reached its maximum limit

Important notice from the helpdesk
Your E-mail box has reached its maximum limit of 20 GB of storage and
Your account will be disabled if you do not update
To upgrade your account, please click the link below:
Your account will remain active after we have confirmed your account
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