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Phishing scam email examples

These are a few recent examples of email phishing attempts to steal K-State eIDs and passwords. BEFORE you respond to a questionable email, follow these steps:

  1. Check the detailed list of recent phishing scams arriving at K-State, as shown on the K-State IT Security Threats Blog.
  2. Questions about an email? Contact the IT Help Desk, 785-532-7722,
    It's the first point of contact for assistance on computing and IT at K-State.


Subject: IT HELPDESK SERVICE MAINTENANCE Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2012 09:46:05 -0400 From: "Cathryn Johnson" <> To: <> The Helpdesk is currently upgrading and maintaing database Server from the old Microsoft Server to the new Microsoft Server( No520193x ) click the link below and fill all information required. CLICK HERE < formkey=DHRxcTd5M0IzZXZrQTFRRTJfT3RXTHc6MQ> Thank You Helpdesk Upgrade Team

Scam received 6/2/12 - Storage Limit Exceeded

From: Sue Elliott --- Helpdesk<> Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2012 21:53:43 +0100 Subject: Storage Limit Exceeded Dear members, you will not be able to receive mail open formkey=3DdHJ5c2Yxa1p4VW05WW5fazY1d2EyLUE6MQ Regards, Technical Team.

Scam received 6/3/12 - Zimbra! Email Deletion Confirmation

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