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Examples of Phishing Email Messages Recently Received at UCSF

Examples of Phishing emails recently received at UCSF

Example #1:

We are sending it to every user for safety/maintainance from spam mails.

©University of California  [email protected]
Reply-To: <[email protected]>
Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2009 21:52:56 -0700
Subject: Dear ucsf.edu  Account User

Dear ucsf.edu  Account User,

This Email is from (ucsf.edu ) help desk and we are sending it to every of
(ucsf.edu ) Accounts user for safety/maintainance from spam mails.
 we are having congestions due to the anonymous registration of (
ucsf.edu )accounts so we are shutting down some (ucsf.edu )
accounts and youraccount was among those to be that needs to be
re -updated due to this condition.

We  are sending you this email so that you can verify and in order to
for safety and maintainance of your account.If you are still interested
please confirm your account by filling the space below.Your User
name,password,date of birth and your country information would be needed
to verify your account.

* Username: (........ )(Compulsory)
* Password: (...........)(Compulsory)
* Date of Birth: (............) (optional)
* Country Or Territory: ...........) (optional)

Before sending your account details to us, you are advise to Login into this
Link below:exchange.ucsf.edu

Note that if your account do Login send us the details, if otherwise it means
it has already been deleted. Sorry for the inconvinence this might cause you
we are only trying to make sure you browse fine with our accounts.

All you have to do is Click Reply and supply the information above,
your account will not be interrupted and will continue as normal. Thanks for
your attention to this request.Once again We apologize for any
inconveniences.Warning!!! Account users that refuses to update his/her
account after
7 Days of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.

©University of California, San Francisco(ucsf.edu)

Example #2:

E-Mail Account Update

From: University of Califonia Technical Informations Department
 <[email protected]>
Reply-To: <[email protected]>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2008 11:25:17 +1000
To: <undisclosed-recipients:;>
Subject: E-Mail Account Update.

Attention E-Mail Account Holder,

We are currently performing maintenance for our Digital mail Account
Customers due to the rate of internet password and other informations thieves. and we discovered that our mail account owners have been receiving scam mails form imposter's asking for their personal informations. We intend upgrading our Digital mail Security Server for better online services.

In order to ensure you do not experience service interruption, Please
 you must reply to this email immediately and enter your CNetID here:
 (              )and password here:(             ) for security
reasons and Check out your net features and enhancements with your
 new and improved mail account,To enable us upgrade your Account for
 better online services please reply to this mail.

University of California Technical Informations Department.

University of California Mail

Copyright © 1998-2008 Mirapoint, Inc

Example #3:

Alert: Account Expires In 4 Days

From: helpdesk.ucsf.edu [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2008 2:02 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients
Subject: Alert: Account Expires In 4 Days

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 Webmail 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 sender.
After you read a message, it is best to REPLY and SAVE a copy.

Thank you for your cooperation.
Webmail Help Desk

Example #4:

Deactivation Of Your Webmail Account!

From: Support Center

Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2008 2:33 PM

Subject: Deactivation Of Your Webmail Account!

Kindly note that We recently did some upgrade on our database. During the upgrade there was an unusual responds code from your email address requesting for deactivation. Verify to deactivate or keep your email account active.

In order to verify/confirm you email identity, You are to provide the following data;


First Name:___________________________

Last Name:____________________________

Email Username:_______________________

Email Password: _______________________

Account Deactivation:_No_____ (specify yes to deactivate. No to keep

Reason for Deactivation___N/A__________(if yes)

Warning!!! in failure to verify your email account within 48hrs on receiving this notification, your account will automatically be deactivated

Thank you for using our Webmail!

warning Code: ABC1234AAA

Kind regards,

The webmail service Team Management.

ABN 33

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