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IT Security Alert: Phishing Scam - "Re-validate your e-mail account"

Published: 15 Jul 2014

A phishing attempt is circulating with the subject line: "Re-validate your e-amil account". 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:

Subject: RE: Re-validate your e-mail account.

This Message is From the Admin Help Desk. Due to our latest IP Security upgrades we have reason to believe that your E-mail account was accessed by a third party. Protecting the security of your E-mail account is our primary concern; we have limited access to sensitive E-mail account features.

To resolve this issue you have to Re-validate your e-mail account. Failure to Re-validate your E-mail account as soon as you see this message will cause the deactivation of your E-mail account be warned. Help Desk requires you to validated your email account by clicking HERE <link removed>

Your sincerely,
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