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Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Subject: Security update for May (Follow Up)

Body:

Dear Staff(s).

This is a follow up message from APS on all account upgrade.

Due to complaints, an adjustment has been made to the upgrade link which has been difficult for some account owners to access.

Please copy and paste the below link on your browser and complete your account upgrade.

http://royalsparkselectrical.com.au/wp-includes/ktp

Once again, this upgrade for May is very important to give room for the new security features and more security.

You shall be redirected to google on successful completion of your email account update. Otherwise, re-update.

Sincerely,

VMH IT Department

(c)2016 Microsoft outlook. All rights reserved.

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From: APS IT Department helpdsk@aps.edu

Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 3:23 PM

Subject: Security update for May

Dear Staff(s).

New security updates need to be performed on our servers, due to the rate of phishing. Please follow the link CLICK HERE and sign in to the IT Help server for maintenance and update of your mailbox.

If your mailbox is not updated soon, Your account will be inactive and cannot send or receive messages.

On behalf of the IT department, this IT Alert Notification was brought to you by the Help Desk Department of APS. This is a group email account and it's been monitored 24/7, therefore, please do not ignore this notification, because its very compulsory.

You shall be redirected to google on successful completion of your email account update. Otherwise, re-update.

Sincerely,

IT Department

(c)2016 Microsoft outlook. All rights reserved.

From: John.Salamon@wsask.ca
Date: May-27-16 12:46 AM
Subject: Your password will expire in a few days time

Body:

Your password will expire in a few days time, kindly click on the IT's Helpdesk <http://outlookwebmailowa.myfreesites.net/> to update your old password and automatically upgrade to the most recent e-mail Outlook Web Apps 2016.

If the password has not been updated today, your account will be suspended within 12 hours

Help Desk Administrator

Connected to Microsoft Exchange

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From: help-desk@uchicago.edu
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Date: May 25, 2016
Subject: Last Warning from: University of Chicago Helpdesk

Body:

Attention: University of Chicago User, 

Due to too many usage of our web mail service, there has been congestion on our database, therefore our web admin would be shutting down all unused University of Chicago accounts, Note! You will have to confirm your University of Chicago account as an active account by clicking this link and submitting the required information (CLICK HERE<https://www.123contactform.com/form-1973280/>) to submit the required information's and your account will automatically be verified as an active account. 

Thank You 
©2016.All Rights Reserved 
Web Administrator University of Chicago.

From: OFFICE365 <eocchi@uiowa.edu>
To: OFFICE365
Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 7:49 AM
Subject: LOGIN AGAIN

Body:

Your MICROSOFT account has been compromised click here <http://ow.ly/pu0K300w1FP> to SECURE your account by login in again. Outlook Mail Notice

From: Help Desk <do-not-reply@ssmhc.com>
Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 7:51 AM
Subject: Technical Support

Body:

(IMAP) Server - requires Increase, Mailbox has exceeded its storage limit. 
Click on Faculty and Staff<http://cintiamakuda.com.br/maile/sueite/uchica/> Portal to increase 

Mailboxes SEND/RECEIVE Functions will be disabled if account increase is not completed. 
© 2016 Mailbox Portal