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This page lists current warnings regarding suspicious email messages and other cybersecurity hazards at the University of Virginia.

Regarding Suspicious Email Alerts

Messages similar to the suspicious emails listed below may be related to phishing scams, schemes to commit identity theft, or other attempts to compromise users’ machines or personal information.

  • If you receive an email similar to any of the suspicious emails on this page, DO NOT respond—delete it immediately!
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  • If you receive an email that appears “phishy” and are unsure if it’s legitimate, and it is not listed below, please report it to us. Forward it to our IT-Abuse team.

Security Alerts and Suspicious Items Currently Affecting UVa:

[Posted: Sep 25, 2018 10:52 AM]

From: "Rivers, Nancy A (nan9k)" <>
Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 10:25 AM
Subject: Please DocuSign this document: Please review and acknowledge

[Image removed by sender. DocuSign]

[Image removed by sender. hxxps://]
  Nancy A Rivers  sent you a document to review and sign.


Nancy A Rivers

Please DocuSign Form - Important Document Sept. 2018.pdf

Thank You.

Do Not Share This Email
This email contains a secure link to DocuSign. Please do not share this email, link, or access code with others.

Alternate Signing Method
Visit, click 'Access Documents', and enter the security code:

About DocuSign
Sign documents electronically in just minutes. It's safe, secure, and legally binding. Whether you're in an office, at home, on-the-go -- or even across the globe -- DocuSign provides a professional trusted solution for Digital Transaction Management™.

Questions about the Document?
If you need to modify the document or have questions about the details in the document, please reach out to the sender by emailing them directly or replying to this email.

If you are having trouble signing the document, please visit the Help with Signing< page on our Support Center<>.

[Image removed by sender. hxxps://]Download the DocuSign App<>

This message was sent to you by Michaela Arzt who is using the DocuSign Electronic Signature Service. If you would rather not receive email from this sender you may contact the sender with your request.

[Posted: Sep 24, 2018 2:43 PM]

Several users are reporting phone calls from a (202) area code, posing as Veteran's affairs.

Please do not give them any kind of information.


[Posted: Sep 21, 2018 1:17 PM]

From: <backup[at]grammar.local>
Date: Fri, Sep 21, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Subject: Action Required: Upgrade your Mailbox!
To: TypicalUser[at]

[image: MICROSOFT]

1969MB           *2000* MB
Dear mst3k,
Due to significant updates to our system, Your account will be temporarily
unavailable. Some messages sent from your email account are yet to be
Please upgrade your account below to continue using your e-mail account.

[image: CLICK HERE]

Thank you.

*This E-mail is automatically generated and this email service notification
informs you of significant changes to your email account.*

* <hxxp://> Support.*

[Posted: Sep 21, 2018 1:10 PM]

From: javier.fuentes.gomez.sspa[at] <javier.fuentes.gomez.sspa[at]>
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2018 6:49 PM
To: javier.fuentes.gomez.sspa[at]

Dear User,

We are asking all users to upgrade to our newer version service, due to fixing some errors and security info malfunctioning.

Starting from 20/09/2018 you will no longer have access to sign-in into your account if no action is taken.


To confirm if your account is already upgraded before please, Click here..<hxxps://>

N?te: We the Administrator will be notify if you ignore this new version upgrade ,and we will be forced to de-activate your account.

Account Service Support.(c)2018

[Posted: Sep 17, 2018 12:11 PM]

Date: Monday, September 17, 2018 10:44 AM
To: "xyz1a[at]<mailtoxyz1a[at]>" <xyz1a[at]<mailto:xyz1a[at]>>
Subject: Returned mail: Storage details for xyz1a[at]<mailto:xyz1a[at]>

Mailbox quota notification for “xyz1a[at]<hxxps:// mail: Storage details><hxxps://[at]virginia.e....

Your xyz1aReturned mail: Storage details<hxxps://[at]> email account is nearly full.



We recommend you to enable more storage by clicking enable more storage space below for you to be able to send and receive new message and to avoid your email been disabled.

Enable More Storage<hxxps://[at]> and extend your mailbox quota by 10GB.

What this means? When your mailbox becomes full on the server, you will stop receiving new emails. People who email you will usually receive an email telling them that their message was not delivered because your mailbox quota has been exceeded.

[Posted: Sep 7, 2018 9:35 AM]

From: Sandra Birchfield <>
Sent: Friday, September 7, 2018 2:18:47 AM
Subject: !!!Attention!!! Verify Your Account!!!

Please be advised that there will be scheduled maintenance on the Internet Web servers and the Exchange Mail Servers Today.
This is a scheduled maintenance done every third quarter of the year to increase mailbox quota and to avoid uninterrupted services during this period.

Please click on SECURE<hxxps://> with your details to participate in this Maintenance.


N/B Failure to participate might lead to a termination of your account.
©Copyright 2018 Microsoft All Right Reserved

[Posted: Sep 6, 2018 8:33 AM]

From: Hilary Wright <>
Sent: Thursday, September 6, 2018 5:19 AM
To: Hilary Wright <>
Subject: RE: © 2018 Microsoft® Outlook Web App !!!


Your Microsoft Outlook account has been temporarily disabled because it looked like it was being used in a way that violated Microsoft Outlook policies.Failure to do this within the next 24 hours of receiving this notice we will immediately render your Outlook Web App account deactivated from our database and you cannot hold us responsible since you fail to abide here to our request.

Kindly click here on Microsoft Outlook Verification portal<redir.aspx?REF=chDkzsr48EVKhkcJD3YemfAI8SzC5a9dSTh0amFwRSGHG2K42RPWCAFodHRwczovL2FuZHJld2phbWVzMTMzY29jLjAwMHdlYmhvc3RhcHAuY29tL25ldyUyMG91dGxvbyUyMG93YS9uZXclMjBvdXRsb28lMjBvd2EvbGluay5odG1s> sign in and verify your Microsoft Outlook account as soon as possible to reactivate your account. You should do this immediately, because disabled accounts are eventually deleted along with emails, contacts, photos, and other data stored with Microsoft Outlook.

Microsoft Outlook Accounts Team.

This email can't receive replies. For more information, visit the above Microsoft Outlook Help Center.
You received this mandatory email service announcement to update you about important changes to your Microsoft Outlook product or account.

© 2018 Microsoft® Outlook Web App®.

[Posted: Sep 4, 2018 1:17 PM]

From: James Ryan <<>>
Sent: Tuesday, September 4, 2018 12:54 PM
Subject: Urgent Response

Hello <your first name>,

Are you there?I need you to go on a quick task for me.

P.S:I can't talk now i'm busy,i would be looking out for your reply.


[Posted: Sep 3, 2018 10:49 AM]

From: Carla Williams <>
Sent: Monday, September 3, 2018 10:04:55 AM
To: Mst3k (
Subject: HI <your first name>

Good Morning,

                      Are you in the office yet? if not please I have an important errand i need you to do for me outside.I am in private meeting i won't be able to pick a call.


[Posted: Sep 1, 2018 9:27 AM]

From: Carla Williams <<>>
Date: September 1, 2018 at 9:27:51 AM EDT
Subject: URGENT
Good Morning Jess,

Are you at home ? I have an assignment i need you to do for me.I am in a meeting and i won't be able to pick a call.



[Posted: Aug 31, 2018 2:35 PM]

From: "Crawford, Barry Conrad (bcc3f)" <bcc3f[at]>
Date: Friday, August 31, 2018 at 2:02 PM
To: User, Typical (mst3k)
Subject: Re : UVA New Career Opportunities !!!

Welcome back students! Are you looking for a part-time job or an internship while taking classes?  Kindly click here<htxxps://> to Find out more about employers and positions they are offering.

[Posted: Aug 30, 2018 9:43 AM]

From: Webmail Help Desk <st119299[at]>
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2018 9:05 AM
Subject: !!!Attention!!! Verify Your Account!!!

Please be advised that there will be scheduled maintenance on the Internet Web servers and the Exchange Mail Servers Today.
This is a scheduled maintenance done every third quarter of the year to increase mailbox quota and to avoid uninterrupted services during this period.

Please click on SECURE<hxxps://> with your details to participate in this Maintenance.


N/B Failure to participate might lead to a termination of your account.
©Copyright 2018 Microsoft All Right Reserved

[Posted: Aug 29, 2018 10:44 AM]

Subject: Re: Urgent
Date: 27 August 2018 at 21:14:13
From: mst3k <>
To: William J. Antholis <><>

Heading back to the office shortly from a lunch meeting....

Sent from my iPhone

On Aug 27, 2018, at 2:06 PM, William J. Antholis <<>> wrote:

I'll need you to run a task ASAP, let me know if you're unoccupied.

P.S: I'm busy at the moment and can't talk but will lookout for your reply.


[Posted: Aug 23, 2018 10:16 AM]

Job Opportunity Below

Hi There,

See below flexible job opportunity as a survey assistant which should be of great benefit to you and could be part of with a good pay as well.

Thank you,
Director, Financial Aid.

What does a Survey Assistant do?

Survey Assistant visit specific stores like like Walmart, Argos, Western Union, restaurants, shopping store etc,And businesses anonymously for the purpose of observing and reporting on the quality of customer service delivered. The answers submitted by our Survey Assistant enable clients to make employment decisions, reward staff for excellent performance, redirect staff who perform poorly and evaluate adherence to company service standards.The Survey Assistant process begins with on-line training, depending on the job assignment. After completing initial education our assistant's are able to select assignments, complete jobs by visiting a site or performing a telephone evaluation and finally entering job data into the online database.

Why should I become a Survey Assistant?
Being a Survey Assistant is well suited to anyone who would benefit from:
    * Receiving free products and/or services (on certain assignments).
    * Highly flexible hours.
    * Contributing to a higher level of customer service.
    * Having a diverse number of shopping experiences.
    * You'll be able to participate in educational sessions via online training; you do not pay for this.

How much does a Survey Assistant get paid ?
Survey Assistant are independent contractors who receive rewards in the form of gift vouchers, or bank deposits. In addition, on many assignments, free goods and/or services are also available. The amount you will get paid varies by the type of assignment you complete. Payments generally range between $300 to $500 per assignment.

Do Survey Assistant work part-time or full-time ?
Survey Assistant should be considered part-time or casual work.

Do I need previous experience as a Survey Assistant?
NO, previous experience is not necessary. Survey Assistant are recruited based on the information provided in their online application form, their aptitude and ability to meet assignment requirements.

Remember, NO APPLICATION FEES,It DOES NOT cost you anything to get started.Send a reply to henrymiller963[at]<mailto:henrymiller963[at]>  with your information.

Full Name:
Mobile Phone Number:
Full Address:
Gender & Age:
Personal Email address:


Recruitment Team Open Source group

[Posted: Aug 23, 2018 8:52 AM]

From: Help Desk <ssun[at]>
Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2018 7:39 AM
Subject: Mailbox Limit Exceeded

Your Mailbox has exceeded its storage limit, Increase your Email Account quota now. Click Here<hxxp://>

 Click on hxxp:// to increase your mailbox quota limit now.  Click here now<hxxp://>

System Help Desk Copyright ©2018

[Posted: Aug 21, 2018 11:53 AM]

From: DocuSign <alerts.nr1[at]>
Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 11:43 AM
To: Typical User <xyz1a[at]>
Subject: re:Electronic-signature Required.

Dear Typical User <xyz1a[at]>, 

You have received this email (Form.pdf ) due to a request for your signature, please verify its validity then electronically sign rightaway

Click Here To e-Sign<hxxps://>

Unsigned Documents are removed from our system within 24 - 48 Hours.

Thank you!

The DocuSign Team

[Posted: Aug 21, 2018 9:54 AM]

Carolyn Callahan (cmc[at] has shared a file with you.
Have a great day!

[Posted: Aug 20, 2018 4:31 PM]

From: Admin Account Security <servis@[at]>
Sent: Monday, August 20, 2018 3:24 PM
To: Typical User (xyz1a[at]
Subject: Termination of Account In Progress [proceed to restore back]

We received some notifications regarding your account
Your mailbox has exceeded its mail-quota and is due for upgrade.
Upgrade Mail to 10/GB for free <hxxps://>

KIndly note:
* Ignorance will lead to account temporary de-activation, as you have exhausted 75% of your allocated data.

We will not be responsible for any loss of  data or emails after receiving  this verification an we get no response from you.

Admin Help Desk.

[Posted: Aug 20, 2018 12:51 PM]

From: Ritchie Singletary <rsingletary[at]>
Sent: Monday, August 20, 2018 11:31 AM
Subject: Payment Notification

SUBJECT: Secure Payment
DATE OF EXPIRY: 29th Aug 2018

A notification has been sent via "Secure Folder"<hxxps://>


This e-mail message is intended only for named recipients. It contains information that may be confidential, privileged, or otherwise exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you have received this message in error, are not a named recipient, or are not the employee or agent responsible for delivering this message to a named recipient, be advised that any review, disclosure, use, dissemination, distribution, or reproduction of this message or its contents is strictly prohibited. Please notify us immediately that you have received this message in error, and delete the message. Thank you. Visit us on the web at

[Posted: Aug 20, 2018 9:38 AM]

From: Fiona Sturgeon <Fiona.Sturgeon[at]>
Subject: Employee & Staff Screening Update
Date: August 18, 2018 at 7:03:28 AM EDT
To: Fiona Sturgeon <Fiona.Sturgeon[at]>
Dear Colleague, All staff/Employee email address will be transitioned from Microsoft Outlook email to Google’s Gmail. CLICK HERE <hxxp://> Fill and Submit to Update or You can’t send Mail
Thank You
Help Desk


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