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Warning: Fraudulent emails requesting user-name, passwords and personal information.

We have seen an increased number of emails circulating requesting that you reply providing your UTORid and password. The University of Toronto will never request that you provide your password by email to anyone.  
 
To help protect yourself follow at least these two simple rules:
  1. Only a thief will ask for a password.  Never provide passwords or personal information by e-mail.
  2. Never log into a website from a link in an email.  Always type the URL to a site and login that way.
  
If you are unsure about an email that you think might be legitimate, you can contact: help.desk@utoronto.ca or call us at 416-978-HELP (416-978-4357). If you recieve an email that you have good reason to believe is fraudulent, please forward a copy security@noc.utoronto.ca

Below is an example of a fraudulent email that has been widely circulated recently:

Your UTOR Webmail account has been reported for numerous spam activities from a foreign ip recently. As a result, UTOR Web-mail AbuseTeam have received advice to suspend your account for such activities.  However, you might not be the one promoting this Spam emails, as your email account might have been compromised.  To protect your account from sending spam mails, you are to confirm your true ownership of this account by providing your valid account information listed bellow.
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Full name:
UTORid:
Password:
Date Of Birth:
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Failure to do this, will violate the UTOR Webmail terms & conditions.  NOTE: You will be send a password reset message in next seven (7) working days after undergoing this process for security reasons. Kindly get back to us immediately UTOR Abuse Support Team.


Do not provide any information to parties sending you emails like the one above.
Last update: 2011-06-07 14:49
Author: Lidio Presutti

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