IT Security Alert: Phishing Scam - " UPDATE"


A phishing attempt is circulating with the subject line: " UPDATE". A sample of the email is shown below.

Please delete this email immediately! It does NOT come from a McGill source.

It is a fraudulent attempt to gain access to your personal information. McGill never solicits any such information by email. If you have already clicked on the link in this, email and submitted your personal information, you need to change your McGill Password as soon as possible. See the McGill Password Reset Checklist for instructions.

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Example of this phishing message:

From: Hogg, Kareen [K.Hogg [at]]">mailto:K.Hogg [at]] 

Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2014 3:04 PM

Subject: UPDATE

Dear User,

This is to inform you that is shutting down some accounts due to congestion. This notification has been sent regardless of your last login date and you are required to access your account by clicking the link below to confirm usage and enjoy uninterrupted services.

Notification Date: June 4th, 2014

To update your services; Click

The Account Update Team at Mail! thank you for being on the network and apologize for any inconvenience caused.


This service message was delivered to you as a Mail ! customer to provide you with account updates and information about your account benefits.

Edinburgh Napier University offers industry informed courses and 92.3% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of leaving. With over 17,000 students from over 110 countries, we are an international university and are also proud to be the largest UK provider of higher education in Hong Kong. In 2014, we are celebrating 50 years since we opened our doors as Napier Technical College.

This message and its attachment(s) are intended for the addressee(s) only and should not be read, copied, disclosed, forwarded or relied upon by any person other than the intended addressee(s) without the permission of the sender. If you are not the intended addressee you must not take any action based on this message and its attachment(s) nor must you copy or show them to anyone. Please respond to the sender and ensure that this message and its attachment(s) are deleted.

It is your responsibility to ensure that this message and its attachment(s) are scanned for viruses or other defects. Edinburgh Napier University does not accept liability for any loss or damage which may result from this message or its attachment(s), or for errors or omissions arising after it was sent. Email is not a secure medium. Emails entering Edinburgh Napier University's system are subject to routine monitoring and filtering by Edinburgh Napier University.

Edinburgh Napier University is a registered Scottish charity. Registration number SC018373