Archive | August 6, 2012

User Quarantine Release Notification Email Scam (8/6/12)

Below is an email, or phishing, scam message purported to be from “IT Help Desk” concerning quarantine. This is an attempt to trick the recipient to click on a link that will either take someone to a site that will download malware software to their computer or attempt to gather their personal information. This message is fake and should be deleted. Please contact the VCU helpIT Center (828-2227, with any questions.


Subject: User Quarantine Release Notification.
Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2012 07:05:43 -0400
From: Allen, Chuck (DNR) <>

Dear Subscriber,

The IT Help Desk is carrying out a routine quarantine exercise, as part of our quarterly server (inactive email-accounts / spam protecting etc) clean-up process to enable service upgrade/migration efficiency. Please be informed that your account usage will be fully restricted if you do not adhere to this notice.

For immediate Quarantine of your account, Click Here <> and provide the information requested. (This will confirm your account login/usage Frequency / account continuation potentials): All IT Service utilities will not be altered during this period; this will not affect the operation of your IT service systems or the manner in which you currently login to your account. However, failure to respond to this notification may result to technical problems on your Internet access and e-mail service or may render your email account permanently deactivated from the webmaster Database. You will be sent a password reset notice after undergoing this process for confirmation. Help Desk Information Technology © 2012 All rights reserved.

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