Recently the University of Minnesota has been the target of a new phishing email scam. Phishing emails are deceptively designed to steal your valuable personal information such as user name, password, birthdate or location. To make them look legitimate, they appear to be sent from a University email address, but they are not from the University. The scam artists may place a link(s) in the body of the email that appears to go to a legitimate website, but actually takes you to a phony site where you might unknowingly submit your personal information.
As a general rule, the University will never ask for your personal information via email. The only time you should be asked to change your password or verify any information is when you log into a secure University website. Do not reply to these emails. If you already have replied, change your X.500 password right away. More information on phishing emails is available online.
Please forward any email asking for your University credentials to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the IT Help Desk at 612-624-6700 if you have any questions.
Information Technology Supervisor