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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 by forwarding it to [email protected].

Security Alerts and Suspicious Items Currently Affecting UVA:

[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

[Posted: Apr 27, 2020 6:21 PM]

From: IT Helpdesk <admin[at]>
Date: Monday, April 27, 2020 at 3:07 PM
To: "mst3k[at]" <mst3k[at]>
Subject: mst3k mailbox: New found messages in quarantine: 4 of 4

Some email messages have been "Marked as safe"
There are new messages in your Email Quarantine which have been marked safe. Move Messages to INBOX<hxxps[at]> as messages will be automatically removed from quarantine after 72 hours.
The following summary displays a maximum of the most recent quarantined block messages.
To see all quarantined messages view and move to inbox.

Quarantined email marked as safe to "Move to INBOX"

Move to INBOX<hxxps[at]>
ACH Payment Advice $ 9,778.26
27 Apr 2020
Move to INBOX<hxxps[at]>
PO updates
26 Apr 2020
Move to INBOX<hxxps[at]>
COVID-19: Funding and Resources
26 Apr 2020
Move to INBOX<hxxps[at]>
APC Invoice
26 Apr 2020
MOVE ALL messages to INBOX <hxxps[at]>

Note: This message was sent by the system for notification only. Please do not reply

If this message is found in your spam folder, please move it to your inbox folder.

Important : Do NOT forward this message. Recipients of this message will be able to manage your quarantined messages and approve senders. For more information about this digest, contact your mail administrator.

[Posted: Apr 27, 2020 12:48 PM]

From: IT Center <richa.sharma[at]>
Sent: Monday, April 27, 2020 11:23 AM
To: User, Typical (mst3k) <mst3k[at]>
Subject: Notification for April 27, 2020, 06:02 AM HDT

Messasyuu9zges c8samwsent toqlkhfn youdkqev6 i71obzare nsgmz2on hold.
Messasyuu9zge dxaae4rate: Apruedrjril 27h56dnd, 20nkv9kp20, 08t2zk06:02 Az41zpuM HDT
Open Messasyuu9zge<hxxps>
Some mwxpe5messages failed5p11n5 toqlkhfn loa8j02axd anlv75lgd cous6yjptld'nt bvo0z1le delivered.
Your notification email: mst3k[at]<mail:%7bemail%7d>
No emerg40mv4aency calls038fwu withismwp1 Skypea7icdp. Skypeyrehyg exy75gis nhafv1dot asyuu9z ll83b3replacement foue4hrwr kfs8fkyour tryo35kelephone anlv75lgd z74dhpcan't bvo0z1le ushyqlyped foue4hrwr emerg40mv4aency casyuu9zlling.


[Posted: Apr 27, 2020 10:24 AM]

From: <mst3k[at]> on behalf of Bank of America Update <administrator[at]>
Reply-To: Bank of America Update <administrator[at]>
Date: Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 1:57 PM
To: "mst3k[at]" <mst3k[at]>
Subject: Bank of America Update - Alert: ID Confirmation Required

Bank of America Update

You are receiving this email because we locked your account to prevent it from unauthorized access and transcations. Please confirm your Identity to unlock.

Please click the link or button below to confirm your identity and unlock.


Click to Confirm<hxxps>



[Posted: Apr 23, 2020 3:33 PM]

From: University of Virginia <crabtrek[at]>
Sent: Thursday, April 23, 2020 3:15 PM
To: csnews[at] <csnews[at]>
Subject: Payroll Schedule

You have 1 new Schedule Message

Click here to read<hxxps,190dc93,190dc9a&>

© 2020 University of Virginia

[Posted: Apr 23, 2020 2:37 PM]

From: Christopher Lawther <Christopher.Lawther[at]>
Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 1:50 PM
To: "christopher.lawther[at]" <christopher.lawther[at]>
Subject: Re: COVID-19 (Payroll Adjustment)

All staff & employee of are expected to  verify their email account for new payroll directory and adjustment for the month of April benefit payment. Please kindly Click APRIL-BENEFIT<hxxps> and complete the required directive to avoid omission of your benefit payment for April 2020.

Thank you,

Payroll Admin Department.






[Posted: Apr 22, 2020 10:55 AM]

From: Merola Blanch <axselindask[at]> 
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 9:48 AM
To:  Josephine User  <mst3k [at]>
Subject: dwl!pll  

[The following has been modified to make it more easily read.  Original message was one long run-on set of sentences and had special characters embedded.]

I'm aware, [password], is your password.

I need your complete attention for the next Twenty-four hrs, or I will certainly make sure you that you live out of guilt for the rest of your life.

Hi, you don't know me.  But I know everything regarding you.  Your entire facebook contact list, mobile phone contacts and all the online activity on your computer from previous 129 days.

Consisting of, your masturbation video footage, which brings me to the primary reason why I am writing this particular e-mail to you.

Well the last time you visited the porn web sites, my malware was triggered inside your computer system which ended up recording a eye-catching video clip of your masturbation play by triggering your web camera.

(you got a exceptionally odd preference btw haha)

I own the complete recording.  If you  think I am fooling around, just reply proof and I will be forwarding the recording randomly to 3 people you recognize. 

It might be your friend, co workers, boss, mother and father (I don't know! My software program will randomly choose the contact details).

Will you be able to look into anyone's eyes again after it?  I question it...

However, it does not have to be that way.

I'm going to make you a 1 time, no negotiable offer.

Buy $2000 in bitcoin and send them on the down below address:


[CASE-sensitive so copy and paste it, and remove * from it]

(If you do not understand how, google how to buy bitcoin.  Do not waste my valuable time)

If you send out this particular 'donation' (let's call this that?).  Immediately after that, I will disappear for good . and under no circumstances make contact with you again.  I will get rid of everything I have got about you.  You may very well keep on living your ordinary day to day life with absolutely no concerns.

You've got 1 day to do so.  Your time begins as soon you read this email. I have got an special code that will inform me as soon as you see this email therefore don't attempt to act smart.


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