Fraudulent emails from The University of British Columbia requesting users visit a specific website have been reported. The email suggests users visit an unknown website in order to perform maintenance work on their email accounts to prevent the spread of an unknown virus.
Do not reply to this email, click on any links or fill out any online forms with your account information.
If you are affiliated with the University of British Columbia (UBC), please forward a copy of the email including full headers to firstname.lastname@example.org and then delete it from your Inbox or mobile phone. If you think you may have submitted your UBC CWL or login account credentials, go to myAccount and login and change your password immediately. Please remember to notify email@example.com of the possible temporary breach of your UBC CWL account.
For your reference, a copy of the fraudulent email in included below:
From: University of British Columbia [mailto:<removed>]
Date: Monday, June 3, 2013 10:07 AM
To: Recipients [mailto:<removed>]
Subject: The University of British Columbia,Information Technology Services
This email is being sent to you because of violation security breach
that was detected by our servers. Our server detected that one of the
messages you received from a contact has already infected your
web-mail with a dangerous virus.
You can no longer be allowed to send messages or files to other
users to prevent the spread of virus to other @ubc.ca web-mail
users. Please follow the link below to perform maintenance work needed
to improve the protection of the web-mail for us to verify and have your
account cleared against this virus.
Clicking Here <link removed>
WARNING!!! E-MAIL OWNERS who refuses to upgrade his or her
account within 48hrs after notification of this update will permanently
be deleted from our data base and can also lead to malfunctioning of
the client or user’s account and we will not be responsible for loosing
The University of British Columbia,
2329 West Mall Vancouver, B.C.
Canada V6T 1Z4