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Phishing Scam: "Your e-mail will expire soon!"

Did you receive an email with a Subject of "Your e-mail will expire soon!"?  This message, like others that tell you to "upgrade," "verify," "validate," or "re-validate" your mailbox or your email account, or increase your quota, 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 it's not going to "" or "", don't click. 

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.

And any email that asks you to to reply in order to complete a security process for your email account, or to reply with your UVM password, is a phishing scam.  Email security updates are applied by UVM system administrators, with no action required on your part. 

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 and to (To forward a message as an attachment using Thunderbird, go to the Message menu and select Forward As > Attachment.)

The "Your e-mail will expire soon!" Phishing Scam

The "[SPAM?:##]" notation in this message's Subject line shows that UVM's spam filtering software, Pure Message, has analyzed the message and determined with a fair level of confidence that it is spam or a scam of some sort.  You can keep messages like that out of your Inbox by going to the UVM Net-ID account management page,, and clicking on "Spam and virus settings."  Choose a threshold of 50.  

From: University of Vermont []
Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 2:47 PM
Subject: [SPAM?:##] Your e-mail will expire soon!

Dear User,

Your e-mail will expire soon.
To avoid any interruption please click the link below and upgrade your e-mail

Click Here to Upgrade <hxxp://>
The University of Vermont





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