Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Another Phishing message circulating

Faculty and staff are reminded that the College and University will *NEVER* request account/password information via email.

You should never reply to a message asking for account information, nor should you ever click a link from a message that asks for account information. Penn State and the College of Ag Sciences will never ask for your account/password in this method. If you receive messages of this type in the future, simply delete the message.

Here is an example of the latest phishing that we have seen in the College.

Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2008 14:28:01 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Account Expire in 4 Day(s)

Dear Webmail User,

This message was sent automatically by a program on Webmail which
periodically checks the size of inboxes, where new messages are received.
The program is run weekly to ensure no one's inbox grows too large. If
your inbox becomes too large, you will be unable to receive new email.
Just before this message was sent, you had 18 Megabytes (MB) or more
of messages stored in your inbox on your Webmail. To help us re-set
your SPACE on our database prior to maintain your INBOX, you must
reply to this e-mail and enter your

Current User name ( )
and Password( ).

You will continue to receive this warning message periodically if your
inbox size continues to be between 18 and 20 MB. If your inbox size
grows to 20 MB, then a program on Bates Webmai will move your oldest
email to a folder in your home directory to ensure that you will
continue to be able to receive incoming email. You will be notified by
email that this has taken place. If your inbox grows to 25 MB, you
will be unable to receive new email as it will be returned to the
After you read a message, it is best to REPLY and SAVE it to another

Thank you for your cooperation.

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