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E-mail scam targets UNC students, staff

Posted April 6, 2010

An e-mail scam is targeting students, faculty and staff at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in an attempt to obtain online passwords and other sensitive information, officials said Tuesday.

The phishing scam includes a link to a Web site that mimics the login page to UNC's Web mail system. The e-mail has the heading of “Important Message Alert,” lists admincheck@unc.edu as a sender and asks the recipients to log into “UNC Webmail” to unlock their accounts, officials said.

UNC officials urged people who have received such messages to delete them immediately. Anyone who has responded and disclosed their passwords should call 919-962-HELP for assistance, officials said.

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  • clickhere Apr 6, 2010

    Tax Man, I agree completely. I don't know why they aren't locked up as felony criminals. The amount of time these scams cost if you happen to get malware downloaded is a huge drain. On the other hand, UNC students and faculty should be smart enough not to enter a password through a common scam like this one.

  • Tax Man Apr 6, 2010

    These scammers need to spend a year in prison for each of these emails they send out! They are just the scum of the earth, just a notch above the people who put viruses and other malware on the internet.

  • TestForFun Apr 6, 2010

    Whether an e-mail appears to be from your bank, Facebook, or Paypal, always type in the URL in the browser and do not use links provided in an e-mail. Try not to use the same password for multiple accounts in case one is compromised. Be careful out there!