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"Importantant message from webmaster" and "Activate Your Account!!" Phishing Scam

Did you receive an email with a Subject of "Importantant message from webmaster" or "Activate Your Account!!"?  This message, like others that tell you to "activate," "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 "Importantant message from webmaster" and "Activate Your Account!!" Phishing Scam

This message is an all-in-one phishing scam, containing at least four bogus reasons (TOS violation, suspicious activity, verifying all account(s), efficiency, a database upgrade) to click on the link.  And 48 hours becomes "immediately" within the span of two paragraphs.   The Subject line varies. 

UVM will never send you email directing you to a non-UVM web page for any account-related function.   

Subject:    Importantant message from webmaster
Date:    Wed, 1 May 2013 15:57:46 -0400
From:    Benson Michelle MBenson3 @

Your email account will be DISABLE within 48-hours(reason: violation of
terms of Service) We are sorry, but your account will temporarily disabled
due to suspicious activity, We are currently verifying all account in order to
increase the Efficiency of our service features. Upgrade taking place at
our data base,If you feel we have done so by mistake, kindly click the
link below to confirm your account.


Failure to do this will immediately render your Web-email address
deactivated from our database.






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