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New Phishing Email

December 5, 2013 by Sue Weier

Phishing emails -emails that lure personal information from the recipients - are becoming more common and more sophisticated.  A new phishing email specifically directed at the UW-Madison community has been sighted in several colleges on campus, including Letters & Science.  The email is titled "Your UW-Madison NetID is on Restriction" and it reads as follows:


We detected irregular action on your e-mail system on December 05, 2013.
As the Primary owner, you must verify your account activity before you can 
continue using your account, and upon verification, we will
remove any restrictions placed on your account.
click on the link below:
You can also forward your mail from any other e-mail accounts
to your Webmail account so that your contacts won't have to
memorize a new e-mail address and you can access all of
your mail in one place. You can find forwarding instructions
for your other e-mail accounts in their online documentation.
Webmail service has reserved a system maintenance window of
Saturdays from 4:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. that will be used only
if Webmail service needs to perform any work that will take
the system off-line. Otherwise, the e-mail system will be
available around the clock.

Thank You,
University of Wisconsin-Madison


This particular email was spotted because the recipient rolled his mouse over the link to see if the destination URL matched the one in the text - and it didn't.  Often phishing emails may have misspellings or bad grammar, but this one is well-crafted.  If you receive an email from the University (or elsewhere) that you are suspicious of, please be cautious.  Check the URL by rolling over it with your mouse, search for the source on the internet to see if you can verify the URL, or contact the TechZone at  Our technicians and security staff can help you figure out if the email is legitimate or not. 

For more information about how to avoid phishing emails and what to do if you receive one, take a look at this information page from the Office of Campus Information Security (OCIS):



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