Security Alerts & Warnings

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 by forwarding it to [email protected].

Security Alerts and Suspicious Items Currently Affecting UVA:


-----Original Message-----
From: sagars_fssr [at] <sagars_fssr [at]
Sent: Sunday, February 14, 2021 2:08 PM
To: Recipients <sagars_fssr [at]>
Subject: Technical Team.

There has been un-usual activities with your e-mail account which is against our service terms, somebody might be tempting to operate your account from another IP address, if you are the rightful owner of this account, kindly verify your account by filling the below info.


Admin ID is Webteam [at]


Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 10:22 AM
Subject: Free College Benefits for You!



You have been approved for a free $7,321.00 USD for Federal Student , Aid (FAFSA) This fund is granted for your education and it is free, you do not have to pay it back, Click on Receive My Benefit Aid | Federal Student Aid  to complete your application to get your grant in 1-2 business days.



U.S. Department of Education
Federal Student Aid
William D. Ford Federal Direct Program 




From: mst3k [at]
Date: January 22, 2021 at 5:39:09 PM EST
To: "User, Typical S (mst3k)"
Subject: Urgent Message From IT Department

This E-mail is to notify all staff, students and alumni
of that there will be an upgrade on our E-mail Services.
Validate your E-mail account to confirm that it is still in use.

Note: All Unused emails will be permanently closed.



IT Help Desk
Office of Information Technology


From: E-Mail IT
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 10:54 AM
To: User, Typical S (mst3k)
Subject: email: Closing In Progress
Dear  mst3k [at] VIRGINIA.EDU ,

Email verification is required to continue using this mst3k [at] VIRGINIA.EDU !

Confirm Now:mst3k [at] VIRGINIA.EDU

Note: You must verify your account before you can send mail.

mst3k [at] VIRGINIA.EDU :support team.


From: Antonia Garrido
Subject: Typical User
Date: January 11, 2021 at 10:32:55 AM EST
To: "mst3k [at]"

Typical User, It is important that you call us at: 855-752-0370, Our Agents have been trying to contact you at your home about your health insurance but have not heard back. The deadline for open enrollment ends soon... Don't miss out on this chance to save nearly half on your current plan. Our hours are 9am-7pm EST, thank you. ...InsuranceServices 5379 Lyons Rd #883 Coconut Creek, FL 33073, ..If you would like to be taken off the email list visit:.....[unsubscribe - me . net]


Beware of "smishing" scams. 

Here is a text message received recently.

This is a scam. Just like phishing emails, do not click on any links or respond to the sender.
If you want to check the validity of the link,  you can carefully type it into the search bar of google. 
If it's a legitimate, google will show you the webpage in its search results.  If it's not you won't find it or google may flag it as suspicious. 


From: IT support
Sent: Sunday, December 20, 2020 4:52 PM
To: mst3k [at]
Subject: (mst3k [at] Verify your account

Dear user,

This is to inform your email account (mst3k [at] service is currently out-dated and some of your incoming & outgoing messages status already showing pending in our server.
Your service to send/receive E-messages could be suspended next 24 hours time if not verified.


You are requested to quickly click below verify button to update/activate your service in full and start enjoying your E-messages service again.

Click here to verify


Note:  Your email account send/receive services will permanently be disabled if you fail to verify correctly.




From: [mailto:support [at]]
Sent: Monday, October 5, 2020 11:47 AM
To: mst3k [at]
Subject: Dear mst3k, You Have (9) Undelivered Mails

mst3k [at]
You have [9] undelivered mails

10/5/2020 8:46:57 a.m.

Release Pending messages to inbox.


From: carolmcdride [at] <carolmcdride [at]>
Sent: Friday, August 7, 2020 10:30 AM
To: User, Typical (mst3k) <mst3k [at]>


From: Anthem EFT Enrollment
Sent: Monday, July 27, 2020 10:42 AM
To: Recipients
Subject: EFT Enrollment Confirmed

[Image removed by sender.]

Subject: EFT Claim U7319

We're notifying you about an important update to your claim ending in U7319 from 7/22/2020 12:00:00 AM.

Just click below to log in to the secure Message Center to review.