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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Phishing Example 101: UMN Alert***

Received May 2015

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: UMN IT Centre <xxxxxxx(at)gmail.com>
Date: Thu, May 28, 2015 at 4:46 AM
Subject: UMN Alert***
This is to notify you that the University of Minnesota received a
terror threat through your email directly to the University.The (IT)
Policy Help Center STRICTLY require your email account verified and
clear you from sending terror threats at the University with the email
system of the University and for an active affiliation with cyber
technology services.

The satellite system network does not show 2015 active university data for
you at this time. You are required to provide the following
information in response to this email for activation and proper
verification and scrutiny:

Internet ID:


Your email account is scheduled to be deactivated within 24 hours "Non
Compliance "After that time, you will not be able to access your
mail box. Emails sent to your mailbox will be rejected.

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The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Things to note:

  • We've seen a number of these simple "email me your password" requests lately - it's an old technique we don't see often - don't fall for it.
  • The U will never use a "gmail.com" address for a security alert.
  • The U will NEVER ask for a password in email.
  • The U probably wouldn't have said "centRe."

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