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Beware of E-mail Phishing Scams

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 2, 2010) University of Kentucky Information Technology (UKIT) cautions the UK community about e-mail "phishing" scams sent to account holders recently.

Many UK account holders have received false and potentially damaging "service" or "maintenance" e-mails indicating that their e-mail accounts will be deactivated unless account password information is "confirmed." Please be assured that any e-mail asking for your,, or link blue password is a phishing scam. Do not reply to any e-mail asking for passwords.

Some types of phishing e-mails ask you to click on a link to open a web page for "validating" your information. These links can be disguised to appear to be sent from a domain website, but they actually open a site from a non-UK-affiliated website. Clicking on these links may inflict a "drive-by" infection on your computer, causing your personal information to be compromised and requiring a rebuild of your PC.

Here's what to do if you have replied to a phishing e-mail:

-- Change your password immediately via the UK Account Manager (
-- Video instructions for changing your password are available at
-- Call UKIT Customer Service at 859-218-HELP (4357) if you need additional assistance with changing your password.

How to detect a potential scam: 

-- Poor English syntax and/or grammar within the message
-- An unspecified sender
-- Links that ask you to click onto addresses for “secure verification”
-- A fake reply address e.g., (UK does not have a chancellor)

If you are in doubt about the validity of an e-mail message, please contact UKIT Customer Service at 859-218-HELP (4357).