The IEEE has learned that IEEE email alias users may have received messages that appear to be from a legitimate IEEE source asking for confirmation of authentication information or credentials.
These email messages are not from the IEEE and are suspected to be phishing scams, please delete them. If included in the messages, please do not open any attachments or click on any URLs.
These types of email messages typically attempt to fraudulently acquire sensitive member information by claiming that such information is required for account verification, to prevent account termination or some other course of action in connection with IEEE services.
As a policy, the IEEE will never ask its members to provide or confirm sensitive information via email.
Below are some example of bogus email messages.
From: "Help Desk"
Sent: Thursday, October 7, 2010 5:18:21 AM
Subject: YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT CONFIRMATION
YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT CONFIRMATION,
This message is from MESSAGING CENTER to all account owners. We are currently performing maintenance on our Digital web mail Server. We intend upgrading our MESSAGING Security Server for better on line services due to Spam mail and virus. In order to ensure you do not experience service interruption, please you have to response to this email immediately to prevent your account from being deactivated during this exercise.
To prevent your e-mail account from being terminated and also to enable we upgrade your Account for better on line services. Please reply to this mail by providing the information requested below:
CONFIRM YOUR EMAIL IDENTITY NOW
E-mail User name: .........................
E-mail Password: .........................
Warning!!! Account owners that refuse to update his or her account within Seven days of receiving this warning will lose his or her account permanently.
We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause you.
Warning Code: VX2G99AAJ
©2010 ieee.org service..
Sent: 08/03/2010 06:22 AM
From: "IEEE" [email@example.com]
To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" [email@example.com]
Subject: "Confirm Your IEEE E-mail Account."
Attention: IEEE E-mail Account Holder.
This is simply a courtesy message to inform all IEEE member again that upgrading/maintenance of our server that was initially scheduled for this week has been postponed till next week August 12, 2010 for technical reasons. Once again, all account holders should endeavor to confirm their account nformation as failure to confirm the requested information will lead to automatic system deactivation (ASD) after the upgrade and maintenance. We are deactivating some ccounts that are no longer active and your account may be deactivated if no response to this notification.
To confirm and keep your IEEE account active during and after this upgrade and maintenance, you are advised to forward your account information as below.
* User ID:
* Re-Type Password:
* Home/Office Address:
* Date of Birth:
Your IEEE account shall remain active after we have successfully confirmed and upgrade our server.
We appreciate and value your continued membership.
Sent: 07/28/2010 06:22 AM
From: "ieee.org Member Services" [firstname.lastname@example.org]
To: "email@example.com" [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Subject: "ieee.org account notification"
This e-mail was send by ieee.org to notify you that we have temporanly prevented access to your account. We have reasons to believe that our account may have been accessed by someone else. Please run attached file and follow instructions.
Sent: 07/07/2010 06:22 AM
From: "Roberta Lockhart" [Roberta.Lockhart.email@example.com]
To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" [email@example.com]
Subject: "Your Webmail Quota Has Exceeded The Set Quota"
Your Webmail Quota Has Exceeded The Set Quota/Limit Which Is 20GB You Are Currently Running On 23GB Due To Hidden Files And Folder On Your Mailbox. Please Click the Link Below To Validate Your Mailbox And Increase Your Quota.
Failure To Click This Link And Validate Your Quota May Result In Loss Of Important Information In Your Mailbox/Or Cause Limited Access To It.
Sent: 04/12/2010 12:41 AM
From: "cford@MPSD.ORG" [ford@MPSD.ORG]
To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" [email@example.com]
Subject: Error Noticed Code 3383.
Due to recent trace by our admin staff,we have noticed that different computers have logged into your email, and multiple passwords failures were present before the login. Therefore your account has been limited.
LOG IN to our admin portal for account restoration and verification by our admin staff.
Note: Only restored account will not be blocked.
Sent: 02/16/2010 04:04 PM EST
From: "Leif Lindberg" [firstname.lastname@example.org]
To: "email@example.com" [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Subject: System Administrator Upgread
The Helpdesk Program that periodically checks the size of your e-mail space. Your Account has exceeded the storage limit which is 18GB as set by your administrator, you are currently running on 20.9GB, your account would be disable until you re-validate your mailbox.
To re-validate your mailbox please Click The Link Bellow
Thanks System Administrator
Sent: 11/03/2009 08:40 PM EST
From: "System Administrator"
Subject: Your mailbox has exceeded the storage limit
Dear Webmail Account User,
This message was sent automatically by a program on Webmail admin center which periodically checks the size of inbox, The program is run automatically to ensure no user inbox grows too large. If your inbox becomes too large, you will be unable to receive new emails. Just before this message was sent, you are currently running on 20.9 GB, You have has exceeded the storage limit which is 20GB.
To help us re-set your Account SPACE on our database prior to maintain your INBOX, you must reply to this e-mail providing us your the Below information:
From this point you will be unable to receive new email as it will be returned to the sender, Provide the above information to enable us help reset your webmail immediately.
NB: Your Webmail Account Expire in Three (3) Days. After you read this message, it is best to REPLY with the required information to upgrade MailBox. Reply to this message immediately to Re activate your Account.
Thank you for your cooperation. -------------------------------------------------- Webmail Help Desk. System Administrator --------------------------------------------------
Sent: 08/22/2009 09:38 AM EST
From: "WEB ADMINISTRATOR." [email@example.com]
Subject: Upgrade Your ieee.org Email Account!!
Dear ieee.org email account user,
We are currently verifying our subscribers email accounts in other to increase the efficiency of our webmail futures.During this course you are required to provide the verification desk with the following details so that your account could be verified.
Failure to do this will immediately render your email address deactivated from our database.
Thanks ieee.org Team.
*** This message was updated on Wed, 03 Aug 2010 at 4:00 p.m. EST