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Just say ‘no’ to emails requesting user names and passwords

That’s the word from Stanford’s Information Technology Services in response to phony emails that have been sent to students that seek their user name and password. The emails are similar to scammers seeking bank account numbers. For example, one email sent to Stanford students included the subject line “Webmail users maintenance notice,” and requested recipients to send their user email ID and password to the fictitious “email Management Team.”

Some fake messages use fear. One email that circulated on campus last summer carried the subject line “Warning Notice!!!” and asked recipients to send their SUNet ID and password to a phony “upgrade team” to avoid having their email accounts “terminated immediately.”

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