E-mail over quota? Don’t believe this phishing attack from .webs.com

data theft

The campus has been steadily targeted by malicious e-mails stating that your mailbox has exceeded, or is about to exceed, its quota. In addition to sharing a common theme, these recent messages urge readers to follow a hyperlink that ends in webs.com.

Don’t be fooled! These e-mails are not authentic. If you receive one, do not click on the link in the e-mail. Individuals who received this e-mail should simply delete the message.

Following is a sample phishing message:

From: "PALCHO, TIMOTHY" <[content removed]>
Date: Mon, 8 Jul 2013 04:32:48 -0600
Subject: System Administrator

Your inbox has almost exceeded its storage limit.
It will not be able to send and receive e-mails if exceeded it limit
And your e-mail account will be deleted from our servers.
To avoid this problem, you need to update you mail box quota
By clicking on the link below and filling your login information for the update
http://[content removed].webs.com/
If we do not receive a reply from you within 24 hours
Your mailbox will be suspended
Thank you for your cooperation.
©2013 Email System Administrator.

If you responded to one of these recent phishing attempts and submitted user information into the site that subsequently opened, you should contact the IT Service Center during regular business hours at 303-735-4357 (5-HELP from a campus phone).

Learn more about how to avoid falling prey to these types of phishing messages.

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