The Help Desk has received multiple reports of a phishing email asking for your username and password to keep your account active due to a supposed server upgrade. BOGUS!! This is phishing, pure and simple. This message is not from the Help Desk nor anyone else at Brown. No legitimate email would ever include a request for such information.
If you received this email (example below) and have not already deleted it, please report it as phishing (in the email click on the down arrow to the right of the REPLY button and select “Report phishing”) to send that message to the GMail Team for analysis and filtering. If you did send your password, please change it immediately! Read more about how to spot a phish.
———- SAMPLE EMAIL ———-
From: web team <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 9:12 PM
Subject: REPLY ASAP!!
Dear Web mail Account Holder :
This e-mail is to notify the students of Brown University that we would be upgrading our server.
We need you to send us the following information in order to keep your account active after the upgrade.
(1) Username :
(2) Password :
Please acknowledge this email upon receipt.
Administrators, Brown University.