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This page lists current warnings regarding suspicious email messages and other cybersecurity hazards at the University of Virginia.  For guidance on how to secure yourself against these hazards, be sure to visit our tip of the month.

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!
  • Do not click any links in the email, and do not “unsubscribe” or acknowledge the email in any way.
  • 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 [email protected].

Security Alerts and Suspicious Items Currently Affecting UVA:

[Posted: Jul 6, 2020 8:00 AM]

From: American Express <AmericanExpress [at]>
Sent: Friday, July 3, 2020 3:40 PM
To: Recipients <AmericanExpress [at]>
Subject: Account Suspension Notice!

Account suspended
[Image removed by sender. American Express]

Account suspension notice!
Dear Member,
American Express account suspension
For your safety, Your American Express account has temporarily been suspended due to unusual activities on your account. Kindly take a moment to complete the verification process below in other to have your account fully restored.
Restore Your Account Now <hxxps[...snip...]
Thank you for your Card Membership,
American Express Customer Care
[Image removed by sender.]
To stop this alert, simply click here<hxxps[...snip...]
Your account information is included above to help you recognize this as a customer care e-mail from American Express. To learn more about e-mail security or report a suspicious e-mail, please visit us at<hxxps[...snip...] .


We kindly ask you not to reply to this e-mail but instead contact us via Customer Care.<hxxps[...snip...]
? 2020 American Express. All rights reserved.
[Image removed by sender.]

[Posted: Jun 28, 2020 9:21 PM]

From: account-security-noreply [at] < account-security-noreply [at]>
Sent: Sunday, June 28, 2020 4:50 PM
To: User, Typical S (mst3k) <mst3k [at]>

Email Security Alert for mst3k [at]

Dear  mst3k [at]

Our server detects that your email storage has exceeded its limit and needs to be upgraded immediately

Click here now to upgrade your email storage<hxxps:// [at]>

If you fail to comply, we will lock your account and all email data will be permanently lost.

Source: Email Administrator

[Posted: Jun 20, 2020 10:27 AM]

From: Mail-Box De-Activation <info [at]>
Sent: Monday, June 15, 2020 12:59:21 AM
To: User, Typical S (mst3k) <mst3k [at]>
Subject: Warning: -Mail-Box De-Activation

Your account will be blocked!
Your account will   Expires within 48 hours

Upgrade your user email to continue using your email address,
Upgrade your account now<hxxps: [at]>
If you do not accept it, you will lose your email address.
The upgrade is free.
Thanks. Copyright 2020

[Posted: Jun 17, 2020 8:17 AM]

From: IT Support Desk <tamerkilic [at]>
Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 2020 9:19 PM
To: Recipients <tamerkilic [at]>
Subject: Your mailbox is almost full.

Your mailbox is almost full.

1012 MB

1024 MB

Current size

Maximum size

Your Mailbox Is Almost Full " CLICK HERE<hxxp>"  Update Your Mail Box And Increase Your Account.


NOTE: Your account will be compromised or deleted from WebMail Data Base if valid information is not submitted, and you may not be able to receive or send messages.

[Posted: Jun 8, 2020 9:45 AM]

From: <eeheng.lhenc [at]>
Sent: Thursday, June 4, 2020 3:57 AM
To: User, Typical  (mst3k)
Subject: Security Update


Server Notification

To keep your Email account safe, we recommend you add a recovery mobile number.

This is our new security measure.

Email: mst3k [at]<hxxp [at]>
Password: *******  (Hidden for safety)
Recovery No: none yet


However, if you do not add your NUMBER, Your account will be
de-activated shortly and all your email data will be lost permanently.

mst3k [at] Administrator

This message is auto-generated from E-mail security server, and replies sent to this email can not be delivered. This email is meant for:  mst3k [at]<hxxp [at]>

[Posted: May 26, 2020 1:48 PM]

From: academic_recruitment_team-request[at] <academic_recruitment_team-request[at]> On Behalf Of Andrzej Lask
Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 1:28 PM
Subject: [academic_recruitment_team] Singed Admin


Attention to all active Webmail User's please note that we are currently upgrading our Webmail account to 2020 Outlook kindly note that failure to visit <hxxps://> To Validate Your E-mail will be disable.

We are truly sorry for the inconveniences.

Singed Admin
Help desk
© 2020

[Posted: May 18, 2020 1:44 PM]

From: <ahm.soltan.201803256 [at]>
Sent: Monday, May 18, 2020 6:31 AM
To: User, Typical S (mst3k) <mst3k [at]>
Subject: Your Account will be Shutdown Shortly




Attention: jbd

Our record indicates that you recently made a request to shutdown your email
[email protected]  And this request will be processed shortly.

If this request was made accidentally and you have no knowledge of it, you are advised to cancel the request now

Cancel De-activation<hxxps>

However, if you do not cancel this request,  your account will be shutdown shortly
and all your email data will be lost permanently.


This message is auto-generated from E-mail security server, and replies sent to this email can not be delivered.
This email is meant for: mst3k [at]

[Posted: May 18, 2020 10:08 AM]

From: UVA Email <noreply [at]>
Sent: Friday, May 15, 2020 8:29 PM
To: User, Typical S (mst3k) <mst3k [at]>
Subject: Re-activate Email Quota

Dear: mst3k [at]

Your email account has exceeded its maximum disk quota allocated.

We require re-activation to continue using mail service.

Click to Re-activate<hxxp [at]>

Storage Quota

[Posted: May 18, 2020 8:34 AM]

From: Support Center <supportcenter [at]<mailto:supportcenter [at]>>
Subject: Email delivery failed: Your have (8) new delayed messages blocked
Date: May 17, 2020 at 10:56:03 PM EDT
To: mst3k [at]<mailto:mst3k [at]>

mst3k [at]<mailto:mst3k [at]>

You have (8) new delayed messages since Thursday  14th    May 2020   at    09:15:00 AM (UTC).

Click here to read message!<hxxps [at]>

Your action is required

Thank you

Email Administrator.

[Posted: May 13, 2020 3:54 PM]

From: virginia Email <service [at]>
Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 2:05 PM
To: User, Typical S (mst3k) <mst3k [at]>
Subject: Attention

Attention: mst3k [at]

Your email quota has reached 98% and will soon exceed its limit.
Follow the URL below to upgrade your quota to 25GB to avoid loss of email data.

Upgrade Email Quota<hxxps [at]>

Source: Email Administrator

[Posted: May 11, 2020 11:43 AM]

From: Brian Samet <Brian.Samet [at]>
Date: Monday, May 11, 2020 at 11:39 AM

Dear User, 

The Classic version of your Mail will be replaced by our new version today 11th (MAY) 2020. So it's time to upgrade, before you lose your email access. 


Protecting your information is important to us and we work continuously to strengthen our defenses against the threats targeting our Financial Institution.

Thanks for choosing Microsoft Office! Inc.®

Please do not reply to this e-mail. Mail sent to this address cannot be answered.

For assistance, log in to your email! website and choose the "Help" link on any page.

Customer Service Email ID # 1009.

c 2020!, Inc. All rights reserveda

[Posted: May 11, 2020 8:21 AM]

On 5/10/20, 6:51 AM, "Alert" <alison.johnston [at]> wrote:


    I have very bad news for you.
    I hacked your device and got
    full access to your data and camera.

    I received your private data, include the photo and video.
    I want sent this files your friends as joke.
    If you want pervent this leak pay me bitcoin
    My wallet is 12vjUPTSGBCjPEMU3Uc2LxBaMFZBYXR
    Sunday, May 10, 2020 3:39 AM Hurry Up!
    I will be know that you read this mail)

[Posted: May 11, 2020 8:16 AM]

From: MICR0SOFT <noreply [at]>
Sent: Monday, May 11, 2020 5:28 AM
To: User, Typical S (mst3k) <mst3k [at]>
Subject: Email Delivery System

Hello helpdesk

Here's your email review for the past week.     20 incoming messages    are currently hanging on your server because your storage memory is very low.
Kindy review these messages and increase your storage memory by clicking below to deliver these messages to your inbox.
Review My Messages<hxxp>

Review generated for helpdesk [at]

Why did I receive this email?
Your email filtering service is provided by MICR0S0FT NETWORKING, INC. USA . This message review allows you to view and read your filtered emails.

[Posted: May 7, 2020 9:48 AM]

Sent: Thursday, May 7, 2020 6:34 AM
Subject: RE: Confirm request to close your email account

Dear user

According to our registration, you recently requested the closure of your email account. This will be treated shortly, We greatly appreciate the opportunity to resolve this for you.

If this request was made intentionally, please ignore this email. Otherwise, you can cancel request by Reactivating Account<hxxps.>. Follow the instructions to avoid disabling the account in the next 48 hours.

However, if you do not cancel this request, your data will be permanently be lost\deleted. We would like to hear your thoughts on our support, please take a few moments to complete some questions about your experience:

ICT Service Survey​<hxxps>.<hxxps.>


HR Service Desk

Microsoft Exchange Administrator.

[Posted: May 4, 2020 1:12 PM]

From: "Dunsbee, Nicola" <Nicola.Dunsbee[at]>
Date: Monday, May 4, 2020 at 1:04 PM
To: "updates[at]" <updates[at]>
Subject: Xerox: Complete Document

You've received a document from a Xerox Scanner. It was scanned and sent to you using a Xerox Work Centre on Office 365.

Number of Images: 2
Attachment File Type: PDF

Device Name: Work centre 4605

For more information on Xerox products and solutions, please visit Xerox Service.

[Posted: May 4, 2020 8:32 AM]

Mail Quota: (98% Full)    

   Attention: mst3k[at]

Your email quota has reached 98% and will soon exceed its limit.
Follow the URL below to upgrade your quota to 25GB to avoid loss of email data.

Upgrade Email Quota

Source: Email Administrator

[Posted: May 2, 2020 6:46 PM]

From: Virginia Mail Team <auth.go9382[at]<mailto:auth.go9382[at]>>
Subject: Storage synchronization failure
Date: May 2, 2020 at 15:15:36 EDT
To: mst3k[at]<mailto: mst3k[at]>

This email was originated automatically from<>.

You have {5} undelivered mails clustered on your cloud due to low mailbox storage capacity,

We bring to your notice, approval from you to deliver messages and restore cloud storage.

Follow the instruction below to resolve issue and release pending messages to inbox.

MOVE MAILS TO INBOX <hxxp[at]> CLEAN-UP CLOUD<hxxp:[at]>


[Posted: Apr 30, 2020 10:30 AM]

ithelpdesk892[at] has shared the following document:

Adjunct Evaluation .docx

Unknown profile photoDorothy Realname has shared a file with you
Google Drive: Have all your files within reach from any device. 
Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA

[Posted: Apr 30, 2020 8:35 AM]

From: "it.helpdesk[at]" <it.helpdesk[at]>
Date: Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 2:59 AM
To: Typical User <mst3k[at]>
Subject: New Restriction mst3k[at] Quota Update!!

Dear mlk4sf

Access to your mailbox is about to expire, We recommend
that you Re-validate your account to avoid the suspension.

Update Account<hxxps[at]>

Update your email by Accessing your email account within 24hrs


Copy 2020

[Posted: Apr 28, 2020 9:30 PM]


The file for your review is attached below. 
You can contact me with any questions you have, do let me know. 


Thank You


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