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Visit our Phishing pages for information about how to identify phishing scams and examples of some real phishing scams.

If you accidentally responded to a phishing message, or you believe that your account has been compromised, contact IT Security at or 773-702-CERT (773-702-2378).

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Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Subject: Faculty And Staff Notification Only


Good morning all,

We just completed our email system upgrade to 50GB inbox space.  Kindly log-in to your email account for confirmation of ownership.

Your emails won't be delivered by our server, unless email account is confirmed.

Click on fACULTY AND STAFF to confirm details of your user account.Note that, password should not be changed once email account has been confirmed.Improving and protecting your email account is our primary concern.

Copyright©2015 Micros oft Corporation. All rights reserved​​

From: Uniservicesofficialupdates []
Date: Monday, July 27, 2015 12:07 PM
Subject: Email Validation!


This e-mail is to notify the Staff /student of University Of Chicago that we would be performing a scheduled maintenance on your E-mail account. During this time, your account will not be accessible from your computer or mobile phone. 

We apologize for any inconvenience that this causes and appreciate your patience while we work to improve our service. 

Click ( HERE<> ) and fill the form in order to keep your account active after the validation exercise. 

Failure to do this will lead to a closure of this account. 

Please do not disregard this email upon receipt. 

Thank you, 
IT Desk 

From: Kesuma, Edwin (Dubai)" <>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 13:20:47 +0000
Subject: Your Email Account have been put on-hold


Dear all,

Your Email Account have been put on-hold by our server,to continue using your Account, Kindly click Helpdesk/Admin <> ; and follow instructions.

If you do not update your web-mail account today, your account will be suspended within 24hours.

Thank You
ITS Service Provider Team

From: John G. Habyan <>
Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 11:38 PM
Subject: Email Service Alert


Dear Portal User,

Due to high numbers of inactive portal accounts on the server, all users are advised to sign in to their portal account within 24 hrs of receiving this notice, using the link below, to confirm their portal account activity.Use this link <>; to login and confirm your portal account activity.

Failure to update might process your portal account as inactive. Please kindly comply.


From: Asia Collins <>
Date: Thursday, July 23, 2015 1:06 AM
Subject: Attention


Attention Uchicago Email Account,

Your Uchicago account has become inactive. If you want to continue using our services,
please reactivate your account by confirming your billing address.To reactivate your
profile now, please visit our website line and fill the requirement.

Clickhere <>;
Your confidential and sensitive information will not be stored on our servers.
It is requested only for verification purposes.
University of Chicago Customer Care
Please do not reply to this email. This mailbox is not monitored and you will
not receive a response.

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 7:36 AM
Subject: Uchicago


Uchicago Mail 
Important Account Information 

Your E-mail account has exceeded it's limit and needs to be verified for your safety, if not verified within 48 hours, we will suspend your email account. 

All you need to do is to update your security questions and answer in other not to loose your email account. 

Click below to verify your email account now! 


Copyright © 2014 Mail! Inc. (Co. Reg. No. 2344507D) All Rights Reserved. Intellectual Property Rights Policy 
IT Administrator ® 
University of Chicago 
Private university in Chicago, Illinois 
The University of Chicago is a private research university in Chicago, Illinois, and is consistently considered by numerous independent university rankings to be one of the world's most prestigious institutions of higher learning 

From: <>
Date: Friday, July 10, 2015 9:10 AM
Subject: IT Helpdesk.


A New Setup has been made by IT Notification to all email account users. Outlook Webaccess 2015 allows you to import contacts and mail. Your present outlook email account is out-of-date. You must activate to Outlook Webaccess 2015 by Clicking and Submitting information below: Click Here Inability to complete this procedure will render your account inactive. IT Helpdesk.

From: [various fake senders]
Date: July 01, 2015
Subject: Internship questions


Hi there.
I saw your website and I'm very interested in working for your company.
Please see my CV.
Thank you,

[Security Note: There are many variations of this emails and they all have an attachment, usually an MS-Word document.  The attachment is malicous. Such emails should be immediately deleted.]

From: Blackboard Learning
Date: Friday, June 19, 2015 2:15 PM
Subject: Important Course



An important course form has been posted to you through the Blackboard Learning System. 

Please sign in immediately to view the form. 
Signin* ▸ <">

Thank you, 

From: Uniservice officialupdate <>
Date: Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 12:50 PM
Subject: Email Validation!



This e-mail is to notify the students of University Of Chicago that we are validating e-mails due to congestion and systems upgrade. Confirm that your account is still in use, also send the following information for verification in order to keep your account active.

(1) Username:

(2) Password:

Failure to do this will lead to a closure of this account.

Please do not disregard this email upon receipt.

Thank you,

Uchicago Mail Administrators.

Date: 2015-06-17
Subject: Your uchicago account Certificate expired on the 13th-06-2015


Your uchicago account Certificate expired on the 13th-06-2015, This may
interrupt your email delivery configuration, and account POP settings,
page error when sending message.

To re-new your uchicago account Certificate, Please take a second to update
your records by link below or copy and paste link

account will work as normal after the verification process, and your
uchicago account Certificate will be re-newed.

University chicago Webmail Admin 

Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 18:12:00 +0100
Subject: Your Mailbox has exceeded Its storage limit


Your Mailbox has exceeded Its storage limit as *Set By Your
Administrator*, and you will not be able to receive new emails until you
Re-Validate it.

To Re-Validate- *< Click Here >

Signed By Webmaster.
*Maintained by the Technology Department. Copyright 2015.*

From: Staff Portal
Date: Mon, Jun 15, 2015 at 8:42 AM
Subject: Email from staff portal


You have one new important email from the Staff portal

Click here<> to read

Thank you
University of Chicago

Date: June 14, 2015 at 5:56:06 PM GMT+2
Subject: Email from staff portal


You have one new important email from the Staff portal

Click here<> to read

Thank you
The University of Chicago

From: Susan Perry
Date: Monday, June 08, 2015 2:35 PM
Subject: Fwd: chalk Access


Dear User, 

Your access to the chalk is expiring soon due to inactivity. To continue to have access to this service, you must reactivate your account. For this purpose, click the web address below or copy and paste it into your web browser. A successful login will activate your account and you will be redirected to your chalk page. hmmqoYMOXLfHJvM6Ly9saWJjYXWXuZWR1L QubGlicmFyeS5xL433U92ldEFAZ0i D69m4fpR0cH3BhdmF1HGg0pHdtHbmluZm8=ts=08871/

If you are not able to login, please contact Susan Perry at for immediate assistance. 


Susan Perry 
IT Services 
The University of Chicago 
This e-mail is intended only for the use of the individual or entity to which 
it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged and confidential. 
If the reader of this e-mail message is not the intended recipient, you are 
hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this 
communication is prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please 
notify the sender and destroy all copies of the transmittal. 

Thank you 
University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences 

Date: June 10, 2015 at 1:02:41 PM CDT
Subject: Account Restriction


Account Restriction

We have detected that your account may have been accessed by an unauthorized individual. As a safety measure, your access has been restricted.

To restore your access, click: Sign On<> and proceed with the verification process.

Please do not reply to this email. To get in touch, go to the our website and click Help.

From: Navneet Kumar:
Date: Tuesday, June 09, 2015 9:17 AM
Subject: Microsoft Team!!


Your mailbox need to be secured against spam,Secure your mailbox with the new spam on IT WEBSITE and fill in the necessary mailbox requirement to cleanup your mailbox Quota.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Your mailbox should be checked at least twice everyday for new updates

ITS help desk

From: <>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2015 16:07:21
Subject: HELP-DESK


Take note of this important update that our new web mail has been improved with a new messaging system from Owa/outlook which also include faster usage on email, shared calendar,web-documents and the new 2015 anti-spam version.

Please use the link below to complete your update for our new Owa/outlook improved web mail.
CLICK on Outlook Web Access to update
IT Service Desk Support

From: Jindela, Anathi (Mr) (Missionvale Campus)
Date: Wednesday, June 03, 2015 10:36 AM


ICT Service Desk require you to upgrade to the latest e-mail Outlook Web Apps 2015 , kindly Click on ICT Service Desk http: microsoft to upgrade to the latest e-mail Outlook Web Apps 2015 Connected with Microsoft Exchange (c) 2015 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved ________________________________ NOTICE: Please note that this eMail, and the contents thereof, is subject to the standard NMMU eMail disclaimer which may be found at:

From: Miller, Tobin
Date: Wednesday, June 03, 2015 7:47 AM
Subject: Faculty/Staff/ Survey


Faculty/Staff/ Survey

With the strengthening off our security system and improving your mailing experience, Help Desk requires all faculty and staff, to Complete this survey by filling out the requirements correctly; to participate on survey click SURVEY<>