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E-mail scam targets UNC students, staff

Posted April 6, 2010 1:37 p.m. EDT

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.