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"Re-Validate" and "Incoming Mail Pending Notification!!!" Scams

An email with a Subject of "Re-Validate" and another one with a Subejct of "Incoming Mail Pending Notification!!!" are scams.  Each of these messages, 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.  If you go to a site and the address bar in your web browser doesn't show it's a site, quit or exit your browser.  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.

Although not the case with these two emails, other phishing emails may contain attachments.  Do not open attachments you were not expecting to receive, even if the message appears to come from someone you know and trust.  Attachments can infect your computer with viruses and other malicious software.

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 "Re-Validate" and "Incoming Mail Pending Notification!!!" Phishing Scams

 The links in these messages would take you to a malicious non-UVM site where a form would capture your Net-ID and password. 

Subject:     RE: Re-Validate
Date:     Tue, 2 Jul 2013 08:54:53 -0400
From:     Mike Leoni <>
To:     Mike Leoni <>

Your Mailbox Has Exceeded It Storage Limit As Set By Your Administrator, And You Will Not Be  Able To Receive New Mails  until You  It. To
Re-Validate <hxxp://> or If it does not work then copy
and past the link. Thank you

© 2013 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.


Subject: Incoming Mail Pending Notification!!!
Date: July 2, 2013 11:12:33 AM EDT

Your two incoming mails were placed on pending status due to the recent upgrade in our database,
In order to receive the messages kindly click HERE
Login with your correct Webmail information's and wait for responds from our data base service.
We apologize for any inconvenience and do appreciate your understanding.

System Administrator Team.




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