CAUTION: E-mail phishing/spam attack

December 4, 2013

To: UCOP Community

From: Shirley Bittlingmeier, ITS Client Services Officer

This morning an e-mail spam attack was directed at UCOP. There have been two reported messages. The subject lines either say “Important Notice” or “Your Mailbox Has Exceeded It Storage Limit“ and are from “wowens@EISD.org ” and "thomas.k@upcmail.nl".

Do not reply to these messages or click on any links!

(Phishing is a fraudulent attempt to electronically acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and IDs by masquerading as a trustworthy individual or entity.)

(Spam is unsolicited junk or bulk email involving identical messages sent to numerous recipients which could include phishing web sites or sites that host malware.)

Stay on the alert for phishing attempts. Some are very sophisticated and the e-mail may appear to be sent from someone you know. You should be suspicious of any e-mail asking for personal, user account information or account verification. Remember that the Service Desk will never ask you for such information via e-mail. Delete such e-mails immediately and empty your trash.

Examples of today's phishing/spam attempt are shown below.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the IT Service Desk at 987-0457 or ServiceDesk@ucop.edu.