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ITS Update: Phishing attempt spoofs Office 365

Posted: 2016-03-09 08:07:07   Expiration: 2016-03-16 08:07:07

Disclaimer: This news item was originally posted on 2016-03-09 08:07:07. Its content may no longer be timely or accurate.

The ITS Help Desk has received reports of a phishing message warning you of an email error that could lead to suspension of your account. You are then instructed to click a link that takes you to a fake Office 365 login page.

Pioneers should remember that ITS will NEVER ask for your password in an email - or through a link from an email. Never, everSERIOUSLY

  • If you receive such an email, please DELETE immediately.
  • If you clicked on the link and logged in, CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD IMMEDIATELY.

How can I tell this message is not legitimate?

 Tips  Message
General greeting, no punctuation

Grammatical error, missing word

Grammatical errors, missing words

Missing punctuation; hovering cursor over link shows non-Microsoft URL

NOT the proper name of the ITS Help Desk
NOT signed by an ITS staff member
 Dear User
 Your email has encountered error on our internal server.
 We urge you resolve this as soon as possible to avoid email account suspension.
 Click here to resolve now
 Support Team
 University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Phishing attempt 030916

If you have questions about this attempt or any suspicious email, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 608.342.1400 or

-- UW Platteville: Deb Meyer