Disclaimer: This news item was originally posted on Thursday, Nov 17, 2016. Its content may no longer be timely or accurate.

ITS Alert: Phishing attempt claims your password will expire

Posted: 17:08:17, Thursday, Nov 17, 2016   Expiration: 17:08:17, Thursday, Nov 24, 2016  

The ITS Help Desk has received reports of a phishing message warning you your password is about to expire. You are then instructed to "CLICK HERE to update". The message is addressed to someone other than the actual recipient and the sender is not a uwplatt account. If you receive this message, you were likely blind-copied (BCC'd).

Pioneers should remember that ITS will NEVER ask for your password in an email - or through a link from an email. Never, ever. SERIOUSLY. Also, when your password is actually about to expire, you will receive plain text reminders addressed to you - no links, no forms.

  • If you receive such an email, please DELETE immediately.
  • If you clicked on the link and logged in, CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD IMMEDIATELY and contact the ITS Help Desk at 608.342.1400 or helpdesk@uwplatt.edu.

How can I tell a message is not legit?

We've mocked up real-life examples in the ITS Knowledge Base, including today's attempt.

-- UW Platteville: Deb Meyer

Created: 17:10:12, Thursday, Nov 17, 2016 (by Deb M.)
Updated: 17:10:12, Thursday, Nov 17, 2016 (by Deb M.)