UF Webmail Users Target of New "Phishing" Scam
Published January 9th, 2014
GAINESVILLE -- The University of Florida is warning students to be careful when it comes to giving out personal information online after the discovery of a new "phishing" scam.
IT officials at UF say scammers are sending emails to students that look as though they came from the UF Help Desk. The email asks students to click a link, which will take them to another website where they can update their UF WebMail account information.
In reality, the email is fake and any information provided goes straight to the scammers.
Some students on campus say although the email is fake, it is very convincing, especially considering UF does require students to change their email password every six months.
UF IT officials say they never ask students for their passwords through email, and they remind everyone not to reply with any personal information.
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