Phishing Alert: Upgrade your webmail account today

Fish on a plateAnother phishing email has been spotted by many in the Brown community today. This one is a hybrid of the common “update your webmail account today”, supposedly sent from the Help Desk and advising recipients to update their “anti-spam/anti-virus/anti-spyware.” It also contains a link to a shared Google doc like other recent phishing emails. As with others, DO NOT CLICK on the link.

Instead, before deleting it, open the original copy of the email you received and then click on the down arrow, to the right of the REPLY button, and select “Report phishing.” This will send that message immediately to the GMail Team for analysis and filtering.

The following is an example of one of these emails. Note that it contains many tell-tale signs of being a phish (sent from another university, not addressed to you, threat to suspend your account if action not taken, a link to click, plus typo, formatting and grammar errors).  [ Read more about the Anatomy of a phishing email ]

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Help Desk
Date: Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Dear Account User,

Your e-mail Id needs to be updated with our F-Secure R-HTK4S
new version anti-spam/anti-virus/anti-spyware 2013.

Click on the link below; Our webmail Team will update your account.
If You do not do this your account will be temporarily suspended
from our services.

Thank you for your coperation!


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