Office of Information Technology

Phishing Alert | Email Subject: "Email Box Exceeded Its Maximum Limit"

Overview

OIT has been receiving notices of a phishing email making it's way into people inboxes.  The email reports the recipient's "GB currently running low due to hidden files and Folder in your mailbox."  The email goes on to ask the recipient to "validate" their mailbox and increase their quota.

Reporting

If you have received this message in your Google Apps @ UA email account, you can report the message as a phishing attempt using Google's Report Phishing tool.

If you received this message in any other email account, please delete the message.

Email Content

The email message is:

Phishing Form

Phishing Form

The email asks the recipient to go a web form.  The form asks for an Email Address, Username, Password, and Confirm Password.

If you provided your Username and Password, you should immediately change your password using ELMO.

Phishing Indications

Here are a few of the things to look for when identifying this message as phishing:

  • The email is not from a University of Alaska email address
    "Evans, Kurt R" <KEvans@CBBURNET.COM>
  • The email asks you to "validate" your mailbox to increate your quota.
  • The email illudes to an impending problem if you don't act.
    "Failure to follow this link and validate their quotas can be the loss of important information in your mailbox / or cause Limited access to it."
  • The login page is not a University of Alaska login page.
  • The form URL is not a University of Alaska address.
    http://www.optima-solutions.be/phpform/forms/form1.html

Please be aware of the addresses for your login pages.

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